Coronation Street favourite Roy Cropper is to get a new friend played by renowned actress Melanie Hill.
Melanie has been cast as Cathy Matthews, the owner of the allotment next to Roy and Sharif’s plot.
Roy and Cathy strike up a friendship through their love of the allotment and he soon discovers she is getting over the death of her husband.
Is this destined to be Roy’s first chance of romance following the death of his beloved Hayley?
Melanie is best known for her roles in Playing the Field, Waterloo Road and the sitcom Bread, more recently she appeared in Cilla playing the scouse singer’s mum ‘Big Cilla’.
Producer Stuart Blackburn said:
"Recently widowed, Cathy is an engaging yet sometimes chaotic woman. Though her indecision can drive her friends mad, behind the vulnerable front is a woman who truly does have a heart of gold."
Gentle, kind and intelligent she has more to offer than she knows and in Roy she'll find a friend who will ultimately bring out the best in her.
"We are delighted that Melanie Hill has agreed to join us and take on the role. Familiar I'm sure to our audience, Melanie is an incredible actress who I know will soon propel Cathy to the heart of Coronation Street.”
Melanie Hill said:
"I'm chuffed to bits to be joining the cast of my favourite soap. I and my family grew up watching it and to actually be working on it is a dream come true. "