Bhavna Limbachia wants Kana storyline to educate Corrie fans
16 April 2018 - 4:00 PM

Bhavna Limbachia wants Kana storyline to educate Corrie fans

Share article:

"Coronation Street" star Bhavna Limbachia's goal with her lesbian love affair storyline is to "educate" viewers on the struggles some gay people still face.

The 33-year-old actress plays the ITV soap's first ever gay Muslim character, Rana Nazir, and her on-screen romance with Kate Connor - played by Faye Brookes - has earned her huge praise from fans of the couple, who have been dubbed "Kana", but also criticism as well.

Bhavna knew the plot would come with its fair share of challenges but she has always been determined to get it right for anyone suffering the same problems in coming out due to their ethnicity or religion as Rana has.

In an appearance on "BBC Breakfast", she said: "I felt such a huge responsibility to get the story right so I went away and did a lot of research, even though it was a big weight on my shoulders I just wanted to make sure I did the storyline justice ... The storyline is there not to offend people, it's to educate them, it's to spark conversation so it's there to make people aware that there is support available."

Bhavna's research for the storyline included speaking to Matt Ogston who created the Naz & Matt Foundation to tackle homophobia triggered by religion in the wake of his partner Naz taking his own life just two days after his deeply religious family confronted him about his sexuality.

Faye Brookes: Corrie's Rana death was the hardest thing I've done

Faye Brookes: Corrie's Rana death was the hardest thing I've done

1 April 2019 - 1:00 PM

Faye Brookes: Corrie's Rana death was the hardest thing I've done

The "Citizen Khan" star admits hearing people's tragic stories of being rejected by their families and their communities because of their sexuality made her realise that what the "Corrie" writing team wanted to achieve was hugely important.

She said: "Doing the research and reading articles online, reading stories about Naz was so heartbreaking. That is when I realised that we have got this amazing platform at "Coronation Street" to raise awareness.

Coronation Street 'to introduce LGBTQ+ character following Rana death'

Coronation Street 'to introduce LGBTQ+ character following Rana death'

26 March 2019 - 11:00 AM

Coronation Street 'to introduce LGBTQ+ character following Rana death'

"That is when we ended up getting in touch and discussed at length different stories that had come from the charity and the things that people are faced with and trying to reflect that and hold the mirror up to society and say this is happening, it's 2018, it's still a taboo subject and we want to make sure we shine light on that and spark conversation."

Kevin Clifton pays tribute to Stacey Dooley
20 April 2019

Kevin Clifton pays tribute to Stacey Dooley

Kevin Clifton pays tribute to Stacey Dooley
Natalie Cassidy 'finally feels comfortable' with her weight
20 April 2019

Natalie Cassidy 'finally feels comfortable' with her weight

Natalie Cassidy 'finally feels comfortable' with her weight
Danny Dyer says he's a 'master' of sex
20 April 2019

Danny Dyer says he's a 'master' of sex

Danny Dyer says he's a 'master' of sex
Louis Smith eyes up acting career with Game of Thrones style role
19 April 2019

Louis Smith eyes up acting career with Game of Thrones style role

Louis Smith eyes up acting career with Game of Thrones style role
Diversity in talks to 'go back and perform' on Britain's Got Talent
19 April 2019

Diversity in talks to 'go back and perform' on Britain's Got Talent

Diversity in talks to 'go back and perform' on Britain's Got Talent
EastEnders star Jake Wood says his mum prefers Coronation Street
19 April 2019

EastEnders star Jake Wood says his mum prefers Coronation Street

EastEnders star Jake Wood says his mum prefers Coronation Street
Alicya Eyo is drawn to playing characters in prison dramas
19 April 2019

Alicya Eyo is drawn to playing characters in prison dramas

Alicya Eyo is drawn to playing characters in prison dramas
Tanya Bardsley won't have more plastic surgery
19 April 2019

Tanya Bardsley won't have more plastic surgery

Tanya Bardsley won't have more plastic surgery
Isaac Hempstead Wright's 'intense stare' is because he is 'blind'
19 April 2019

Isaac Hempstead Wright's 'intense stare' is because he is 'blind'

Isaac Hempstead Wright's 'intense stare' is because he is 'blind'
Stacey Dooley urged to stay away from Kevin Clifton to avoid 'scadle'
19 April 2019

Stacey Dooley urged to stay away from Kevin Clifton to avoid 'scadle'

Stacey Dooley urged to stay away from Kevin Clifton to avoid 'scadle'
Hanna Miraftab says Real Housewives left her 'stressed' and 'struggling'
19 April 2019

Hanna Miraftab says Real Housewives left her 'stressed' and 'struggling'

Hanna Miraftab says Real Housewives left her 'stressed' and 'struggling'
Andrea McLean 'struggled emotionally' on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins
19 April 2019

Andrea McLean 'struggled emotionally' on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins

Andrea McLean 'struggled emotionally' on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins