Record Woman; I didn't aim to hurt Ken.
Tonight millions of faithful Coronation Street watchers will see the start of another series of shocking twists in Ken's tangled love life.
And 37-year-old mother of two Denise - who plays Ken's bride-to-be Denise Osbourne - will be at the centre of the sizzling action.
Her soap character has been having a clandestine affair with her Scots brother-in-law, Brian.
She has been torn between two lovers and has got herself, and everyone else, in a right emotional mess.
Denise says: "The thing is that she's in love with both men.
"When she's with Brian she loves him. And she's completely in love with Ken when he's with her.
"So she has two loves and all the guilt that goes along with that scenario."
As you'd probably expect, after playing hair salon boss for three years, Denise says that her sympathies are with the soap character ... even if she is a scarlet woman.
She says: "Denise doesn't mean to cause so much pain.
"Her problem is that she just doesn't know whether she's coming or going.
"And, anyway, it's my job to try to feel sympathetic towards her."
According to the actress - who had small roles in The Bill and Casualty before the ratings- grabbing glory of the Street - the viewers are on her side.
Denise adds: "I haven't had a single piece of hate mail since this storyline started.
"But I've had lots of reaction.
"Just about every opinion about what Denise should do has been offered as a good solution."
LIKE just about every soap watcher in the country, Denise feels sorry for the man she's cheated ... Ken Barlow.
"Poor old Ken, I can't remember whether I'm girlfriend No 24. But what I do know is that it's not looking good for him."
Denise chuckled as she chatted about the complexities of her character's love life because she has revelled in the TV role.
"This has been a dream for me to take on such challenging material.
"It's also been nice playing someone who is the centre of attraction for two men.
"But a lot of the scenes are quite gruelling and quite emotionally demanding.
"At the end of a day's work I sometimes go home and say to myself `Thank God all that's not happening to me!'''
The effervescent actress - who is married to songwriter Paul Sand and has a seven-year-old son Sam and a five-year-old daughter, Dandy - says she gets a lot of support at home.
She also revealed that she has a toe-tapping way of making sure that all the on-screen angst doesn't get on top of her.
"I'd have a drink and then a dance," she said with a laugh.
"That works for me because it throws everything out of your mind."
Denise was careful not to give away any details of the crises which are due to hit the Street characters in this week's episodes.
What she did reveal was that this isn't the end of the scandal-ising scarlet woman Denise Osbourne.
"There's still more to come," she said ...
Almost as teasingly as her TV character.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Jan 17, 1996|
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