Coronation Street's Harriet Bibby reveals dark truth behind Summer Spellman's transformation

CORONATION Street actress Harriet Bibby has revealed the dark reason her character Summer Spellman has undergone a dramatic makeover.

Schoolgirl Summer, 17, has grown close to her English teacher Daniel, 26, in recent weeks and her crush has developed into an obsession.

Recent scenes saw the Oxford University hopeful transform her look in an attempt to seduce Daniel.

She was seen strolling into Roy's Rolls with perfectly-applied make-up and a fresh, wavy blow dry as she approached Daniel, played by Rob Mallard, with a beaming smile.

Now Coronation Street actress Harriet, 23, who has played Summer since 2020, has exclusively told The Sun's TV Mag the reason behind her character's re-vamp.

The former Doctors star was first to tell us of Summer: "I think she wants to appear slightly older. She is very mature for her age but I think physically she does still feel like a young girl.

"She compares herself to Daisy. Asha and Amy are looking at Daisy’s instagram and Summer ends up comparing herself to other people and thinks: ‘How can I make myself look prettier, or look older?’

"So she puts a bit of eyeliner on. Summer’s the kind of girl who doesn’t really know what she’s doing with her make up but she tries her best."

Spoilers will also show Summer deliberately skipping lunch after pouring over Daisy's figure.

Harriet added: "I think image is a big thing with a lot of young women, especially with influencers on social media. We touch on that slightly when she’s going through Daisy’s instagram.

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"You do compare yourself and I think Summer has started this journey with her diabetes and the medication that you have to take will change your body slightly and I think that does pile on top of her a little bit, making her skip her lunch and things like that in order to perhaps lose a bit of weight or feel a bit better about herself."

Thing will soon take a dark turn when Max accuses Daniel of abusing his position to groom Summer.

Opening up on the love triangle, Harriet added: "I don’t think Summer’s aware that Max has a crush on her.

"I think she’s as naive as Daniel is. Daniel is completely unaware of Summer’s crush and Summer is completely unaware of Max’s crush.

"They’re all just chasing after each other!

"Daniel is just trying to help Summer with her studies and he likes her – I think he does see part of himself in Summer but it’s not a weird relationship."


Despite fans appearing to detect the "horrifying" direction of the plotline, and pleading soap bosses to stop and change tack, the pair have just grown closer.

Corrie fans previously predicted Daniel will be accused of inappropriate behaviour towards Summer.

Hints had already been dropped by the soap with Daniel's relationship with younger Bethany Platt being used to criticise him.

One posted a series of vomiting emojis with the words: "Please don't go there with Summer and Daniel."

A second said: "Hope this Daniel/Summer story isn't going where I think it is… #corrie"

Another added: "Don't go there with Daniel and Summer I beg #Corrie."

You can read the full interview with Harriet Bibby in TV Mag, available exclusively with The Sun every Saturday.

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