Published Wednesday, 16 October 2013
Hayley and Roy enjoy a trip to Blackpool. (© ITV)
Viewers watched as the much-loved character learned she had terminal pancreatic cancer and dealt with the aftermath of the devastating news, in which she decided to live the remainder of her life to the full and created a 'bucket list' to complete with the help of her husband Roy.
"Cancer is a very universal thing," Julie told This Morning's Sharon Marshall. "It is something that touches everybody's lives and it is a real privilege to be playing this and to be given this responsibility."
After arriving in Weatherfield in 1998 as the first transgender character on UK television, Hayley has remained an adored figure on the Street's famous cobbles.
Julie announced this year that she had made the decision to leave the soap, paving the way for the show's writers to create a dramatic and touching storyline for her character's exit.
And in upcoming episodes, viewers will see Hayley make the heartbreaking decision to end her own life when the time comes.
I'm really proud of Hayley; I'm going to miss her.
Speaking previously about the storyline, Julie explained: "Hayley doesn't see her choice as selfish at all because she thinks she will actually be saving Roy a lot of heartache. She doesn't want him to see her in that terrible half-way place with her not knowing who she is."
"She thinks it will be best for both of them but Roy thinks that it's a very selfish decision from her. He just wants every second he can have with her."
"She's absolutely terrified that when she's heavily medicated she will go back to thinking she's a child again. The writers have very cleverly tied Hayley's exit in with how she came in to the show. And she's scared she's going to end her life the way she began it, not as Hayley but as Harold."
But before the impact of Hayley's decision is put in motion, the couple take a trip to Blackpool so Hayley can realise her dream of dancing in the world famous Tower Ballroom.
"At the very beginning of the storyline we always knew she was going to have a bucket list and a few of us have tried to take credit for this," joked Julie.
"I think we all had the same idea actually that this is where she would want to be because she is a great lover of ballroom dancing and she would want to come here and dance in this gorgeous setting.
"I am a little bit nervous - I'm not one of life's natural dancers but we have got a brilliant teacher and so we have got a few fancy steps."
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