Coronation Street fans are in for a treat this summer with the arrival of Khalid Nazir’s wayward daughter Alya.
Leeds born actress Sair Khan, 26, has landed the role of University graduate Alya, who is set to make life difficult for dad Kal, played by Jimi Mistry.
Sair was one of dozens of actresses seen for the part and in the coming weeks she will be joined by an on-screen brother and grandmother yet to be cast.
I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of Coronation Street. As a northerner I've grown up watching the show and so can't quite believe that I'll soon be walking on the famous cobbles.
– Sair Khan
21-year-old Alya will appear on screen in June and will immediately ruffle a few feathers with her outspoken nature and bubbly personality.
Assistant producer Ella Kelly said: “We're delighted to introduce Sair as Alya, the new strong minded member of the Nazir family, who puts temptation in the path of one male resident, causing a storm before her feet have even hit the cobbles.
This is Sair’s first major TV role her previous credits include various theatre productions and an appearance in Doctors.