Coronation Street star Sally Carman, who plays Abi Franklin on the popular soap, says her character's spontaneous proposal to Kevin Webster (Michael Le Vell) is the real deal.

After nearly losing Kevin to Ray Crosby's (Mark Frost) wicked ways, Carman says Sally's gesture came from the heart.

"She loves him, she loves the security he gives her but it has never been a blazing passion but almost losing him, and losing everything that is attached to him, not materialistic things, just the chance of a proper life and a proper family and to be seen as someone important and respected makes her realise what she could have lost in this man who has turned her life around," she said.

"When someone loves you that much it is easy to love them back and you don't realise how much you love them until you almost lose it. It is an impulsive proposal but it is genuine."

Carman reckons Abi wouldn't want a "statement wedding" and will opt for a low-key affair.

"Ideally Abi would love a wedding that is quite low key, everyone can get a pint of beer, she will wear something smart, probably a mini dress , a slick of red lippy, a DJ and just want everyone to have a laugh.

"She doesn't want the big statement wedding, the big showpiece to show people where she has got to, she hasn't ever really thought about it, she just thinks you turn up and get married then have a party that's it."

She continued: "But as the plans start to get bigger and she feels uncomfortable with it she slowly realises that it is because in her head she doesn't think she is worthy of the big day and the fuss.

"But the people around want her to have the nice dress and the special venue and she starts to come round to the idea."

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