Scandal as Coronation Street actress sacked after lying about age

Well, that ended fast!

Although her new role on Coronation Street was just announced by ITV bosses last week, actress Katie Redford has already been sacked from the show.

Katie was lined up to play the role of Sarah Platt's 14-year-old daughter Bethany, but she was quickly fired after revelations emerged that she was 25, and not 19 as she claimed.

An official press release published by ITV on Friday stated the actress' age as 19, but fans were quick to correct the channel bosses after seeing information online which indicated she was actually born in 1989, making her 11 years older than her character.

The actress' former Twitter handle was @katieredford89, though it was later changed to @katieredfordtlc. This online CV also lists Katie's year of birth as 1989:

At 25, Katie is just six years younger than actress Tina O'Brien who plays Bethany's mum Sarah.

A spokesperson for the show confirmed that the role would be recast and that producers already have another actress in mind. 

The character of Bethany was last seen on the show in 2007 after she moved to Italy with Sarah, but the pair will return to the Weatherfield cobbles as regular characters this year. The role of Bethany in her younger years was played by actresses Mia Cookson, Amy Walton and Emily Walton.