Claire King is coming to the cobbles

Credit: Nicky Johnston

Corrie’s Nick Tilsley is in for a treat this Christmas when a sexy newcomer to the street sets her sights on him.

Barmaid Erika, played by Bad Girls and Emmerdale actress Claire King, arrives in Weatherfield in December to catch up with her mate Liz McDonald.

The pair met in Spain when Erika landed a job at Liz’s bar, so when she arrives back in England Erika seeks Liz out.

And she wastes no time in seducing unlucky in love businessman Nick, played by Ben Price, and putting a spring back in his step after a disastrous 12 months which saw him suffer a severe brain injury and split from wife Leanne.

Claire starts filming next month and will be on screen for a few weeks in December before Erika jets back off to Spain at the end of the year - leaving Nick wondering exactly what hit him!

Producer Stuart Blackburn said:

“Erika is a woman who lives life to the full, Nick doesn’t stand a chance once she has set her sights on him, but he’s not complaining!

“We are delighted to have Claire on board to play Erika, she is a fabulous actress who will be a great addition to the cast.”

Claire King said:

“I am beyond thrilled to be joining the cast of Coronation Street playing the funny and feisty Erika who looks certain to ruffle a few feathers once her high heels hit those world famous cobbles!

"A stint in Corrie is one of those ticks on most actor's bucket list of jobs you dream of doing, so I can’t wait to start filming in a few weeks time!"

Preview: Monday 29th September

Tonight on Coronation Street...

7.30pm

Kylie struggles to resist taking more of Max's pills. Will David find out?

Poorly Sally drives Tim up the wall.
Mary plays third wheel with Dev and Julie.
And, Neil asks to speak to Andrea.

8.30pm

A suspicious Maddie questions Tim about his secret. Will he admit the truth?

David catches Kylie red-handed.
Is this the end of Neil's reign of terror?
And, Mary and Julie battle it out for Dev's attention.

Picture Previews: Mon 29 Sept - Fri 3 Oct

This week: Kylie is drawn back to her old life, Tim tries to keep a secret, Liz turns to Eileen for help and Dev is caught between Mary and Julie.

David is furious when he discovers the Kylie has been taking Max's pills.

Kylie turnes to Eva for help, determined to do some digging to get to the bottom of Max's problems.

Heading to her old neighbourhood, Kylie meets Gemma who offers to help her find Max's dad...

And, sexy Callum makes an instant impression when reunited with Kylie.

As the afternoon goes on, Eva worries about how easily Kylie slots back into her old life.

Especially when charmer Callum writes his number on Kylie's arm! Is she playing a dangerous game?