Coronation star Julia Goulding has said the new version of her character Shona Ramsey, who has is suffering from memory loss, is "a bit more scrappy - she's a bit more fun".

Shona was absent from Weatherfield after she was shot during the Christmas Day siege, leaving her with severe memory loss and she received treatment in a specialist clinic in Leeds.

In real life, actress Julia Goulding was on maternity leave after welcoming a baby boy in November 2019.

Goulding is now back on the cobbles and portraying Shona in a different light as she does not remember her family including her fiance David Platt.

Speaking about her return to the soap Goulding said: "It's been really fun. Obviously it's very rare for an actor to be able to play a completely different character in a long-running soap, and it's been fabulous.

"At first, it was really difficult; obviously we did lots of research about the specifics of Shona's brain injury."

She added: "During lockdown, Shona and David and the family, they've all been getting to know each other a lot more, and now it's really fun.

"As serious as the situation is, and her injury, we are able to have some fun with it as well."

However, Goulding said the changes to her role have also brought challenges.

"It's really strange actually because it's so hard not to slip back into old ways with characters that I've known from before, even when discussing it when we're on the floor with the director, and having to keep reminding myself that I don't know the history of Sarah and Gary, for example."

"I don't know the history of Gail and David's relationship. So to not work based on my knowledge of that has been refreshing, but it's also been quite hard because I've had to keep reminding myself of it.

"But in terms of playing her, the writing kind of speaks for itself. It just comes off the page at me, and it's been dead easy in that sense."

She added: "The essence of who she is still there, and so we are starting to see more of the old Shona come through, obviously with no filter.

"So it's weird because we're now living in this 'new normal' world post-lockdown, and it's kind of like I'm getting used to the 'new normal' Shona as well.

"When I've played her for a bit longer, I'll be able to answer. I'll probably end up liking playing new Shona better, because she's a bit more scrappy - she's a bit more fun."

Coronation Street continues on Virgin Media One, and from September 14 will return to six episodes a week.