Ray goes to 'extreme lengths' to destroy the street reveals Corrie star

Ray Crosby (Mark Frost) is hellbent on redeveloping the eponymous Coronation Street, but he receives some opposition from several cobbles residents, as his plan is exposed.

Ray has been plotting and manipulating his way into the lives of the residents of the street over the past year. At first, his motives were unclear, but it soon became apparent that he was intent on destroying the cobbles.

Speaking about Ray’s motives, actor Mark Frost said: ‘Other than wealth, he is extremely ambitious but the thing about Coronation Street, is that it chimes with him because he was born in similar surroundings.

‘The residents of Coronation Street are proud of their roots and their community however Ray has always wanted to better himself and move in much bigger circles. ‘

‘He is ashamed of his roots and he wants to distance himself so his pursuit of wealth and status is a way of reinventing himself.

‘Ray talks about making his millions by himself on the back of a burger stall outside of Maine Road as a kid so he can’t abide poverty and equates it to laziness.

‘He believes you pull yourself up by your bootstraps to succeed and anything less is a sign of weakness. He almost has a personal loathing for the residents of Coronation Street because they are sentimental and they have a sense of pride in their community which he sees as a sign of weakness.’

Ray has managed to convince several of the street’s mainstays to sell up, but little do they know that he’s planning on knocking down the properties and starting anew.

That is, until next week, when Abi Franklin (Debbie Webster) and Sally Metcalfe (Sally Dynevor) work together in order to find out what the hotelier is up to.

‘Ray grossly underestimates Abi,’ says Mark, ‘Like many powerful men, Ray thinks of people as commodities and he has a very suspect attitude towards women so that arrogance has led him to write Abi off as a loser and a lowlife but I think she has genuinely got under his skin.’

Abi rallies several of the street’s residents, and together, they drop in on his press event — determined to stand their ground and prevent him from taking over the cobbles.

But with Abi proving to be a thorn in his side, just how far will Ray go to get what he wants?

Mark said: ‘We don’t know yet what Ray’s situation is but we are beginning to see the cracks in his empire. Things are starting to get out of control for him and the stakes are high so that combined with the need to quell the protest is pushing him further and further.

‘He is becoming more desperate and as the opposition gains numbers, he is also having to go to more extreme lengths.’

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