New love for Sean

Heavens Above!! Corrie favourite Sean Tully is going to finally find love - with a vicar!

Sean, played by Antony Cotton, falls for the good looking clergyman, after meeting him on a night out.

The Rovers’ barman is surprised when Billy, played by Shakespeare in Love actor Daniel Brocklebank, introduces himself as the new vicar at Emily’s church, St Mary’s in Weatherfield.

He’s thrilled when BIlly agrees to exchange numbers and the pair start dating - but the romance won’t be without its problems, as Sean has to deal with playing second fiddle to Billy’s job and his parishioners.

Producer Stuart Blackburn said:

“It’s about time Sean had a romance, he’s been unlucky in love for a long time. Billy is a great guy who is sincere about his feelings for Sean but his first love is and always will be God and the Church.

"We will be exploring this very modern relationship in the coming months and are delighted to have Daniel on board to play Billy.”

Antony Cotton said:

“I am thrilled that Sean is to find love again especially with this unique and exciting storyline.

"I'm sure it'll have it's ups and downs but that's what makes Coronation Street great. Hopefully it will be tender, funny and honest. Heaven!”

Daniel said:

“I am thrilled to be joining Coronation Street. I'm hugely excited to be part of something that is such an institution. I'm really looking forward to working with Antony Cotton and the rest of the cast, as well as joining my best mate Hayley Tamaddon on the cobbles.”

Daniel, whose credits include the RSC and psychological thriller The Hole, starts filming with the show next month and will be on screen from December.

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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!"

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Two new characters hit the cobbles

Oliver Farnworth and Sean Ward will play Gavin and Callum

Coronation Street fans are in for a treat as two explosive new characters are set to cause fireworks on the cobbles.

Sean Ward and Oliver Farnworth will set hearts racing in the respective roles of Kylie Platt’s ex Callum and Michael Rodwell’s son Gavin. Both have a past that could really set the cat amongst the pigeons in the already fractured Platt household...

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Welcome back Wendi Peters

Fiz and Chesney are in for a shock later this year when their errant mother Cilla Battersby-Brown makes a surprise return to the street.

Wendi Peters as Cilla Battersby-Brown

Actress Wendi Peters will reprise the role she made famous 7 years after Cilla left Weatherfield.

During her time on Coronation Street loudmouth Cilla made many enemies with her outrageous behaviour and she left in October 2007 after inheriting a £45k necklace from a pensioner who died whilst in her care.

She was last seen in the DVD spin off Out of Africa in 2008.

Exact details of the storyline surrounding her return are being kept under wraps but it will help facilitate Jennie McAlpine’s maternity leave when she leaves the show in the autumn to have her first baby.

Cilla will be on screen for 6 weeks from October.

Wendi Peters said: "I'm really thrilled to have the opportunity to revisit Cilla and the cobbles for a short while and to see what she has been up to for the last 7 years."

Coronation street Producer Stuart Blackburn said: “We can't wait to see Cilla back on the cobbles, she's a truly unforgettable character who is at the heart of Corrie's rich history.”

Since leaving the show Wendi has worked extensively in theatre notably in the The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rutherford & Son and White Christmas - a show to which she returns to at the Dominion Theatre, West End this Christmas.

On television she has been seen in Hacker Time, Sadie J, Crime Stories and was also a finalist of Celebrity Masterchef in 2009 as well as being the narrator of ITV's Britain's Best Bakery.

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Justin Moorhouse joins Coronation Street

We're delighted to announce that Actor and Comedian Justin Moorhouse will be crashing onto the Cobbles in August.

Pitted against Steve in a pub cricket match, Justin will play Dean Upton, landlord of rival pub The Flying Horse.

I’m delighted to be treading the cobbles. It’s always been a dream of mine to appear in the Rovers Return, even though as Dean, landlord of the Flying Horse, I feel like I’m a spy!

– Justin Moorhouse

Justin, known for Phoenix Nights and Looking for Eric, will be joining the Street prior to taking his one man Stand Up Show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this Summer.

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Meet the Nazirs

The family of gym owner Kal Nazir is now complete following the casting of his mother and teenage son.

Kal, played by Jimi Mistry, has already been joined on screen by his father Sharif - actor Marc Anwar and Sair Khan was cast last month as wayward daughter Alya.

Now the Nazirs will be joined by Shelley King as Kal’s mum Yasmeen and ‘Shameless’ actor Qasim Akhtar as teenage son Zeedan.

Alya will be seen on screen next month closely followed by Yasmeen and then Zeedan later in the summer.

Single dad Kal will have his hands full juggling the demands of his extended family who are set to cause him problems as he tries to start a relationship with Leanne.

Shelley King is an Indian born actress who is known for her roles in West End Musical Bombay Dreams, TV series Tandoori Nights and Angels and various theatre productions including work with the National Theatre, Tara Arts and Kali Theatre company.

Qasim Akhtar is best known for his portrayal of Chesney Karib in the Channel 4 series Shameless.

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Goodbye Georgia

Georgia May Foote who plays Katy is set to leave the cobbles at the end of the year.

Producer Stuart Blackburn said: “Georgia is a talented actress who has been a great asset to the show. The decision to write out the character of Katy Armstrong is based on storyline discussions and will be one of the consequences of the current drama involving the Windass/Armstrong clan.

“Katy will not be killed off and the door will be left open for a possible return. We wish Georgia every success with her future career.”

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Jim's back

We're excited to announce that Charlie Lawson will be returning to the show as the formidable Jim McDonald, so he is...

Full storyline details are top secret, but we can exclusively reveal that Jim will still be serving time for armed robbery and that we're set to see more of his life behind bars.

How Jim's return will affect son Steve and ex-wife Liz is still under wraps, but it's safe to say that whenever Jim's around things tend to get a lot more complicated for the McDonalds.

Charlie will begin filming in June and will return to screens later this year.

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