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.

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.”

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.

Here comes Alya!

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

Hotpots are off the menu

April Fool!

Of course we're not removing Betty's Hotpots from the menu, that would be like de-cobbling the street. Unthinkable!

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The Rovers Return Inn made an announcement today that has left the residents of Coronation Street fuming.

Landlord Steve McDonald is "doing away" with the pub's traditional Hotpot, a dish which is renowned in the local community, in favour of a more modern cuisine.

The current direction we're thinking of taking is tapas. All those little dishes will go down a treat with a pint of mild, or a glass of white.

– Steve McDonald, Landlord

One of the more outspoken regulars, Mr Norris Cole had this to say:

"Betty's Hotpots have been the cornerstone of Weatherfield life for over 40 years, I don't tend to eat them myself, but it's a travesty what they're doing."

With increased competition by nearby bars and restaurants, is this a last ditch effort to bring local boozers into the 21st century?

Let us know what you think on Facebook and Twitter using #SaveOurHotpots

Coronation Street wins Best Soap at the Broadcast Award

Coronation Street won Best Soap/Continuing Drama at the Broadcast Awards 2014, held last night in London.

It's the third consecutive year that Coronation Street has won the award, as nominated by a panel of judges to reward excellence in television.

Jennie McAlpine, Beverley Callard, Samia Ghadie and Antony Cotton at the Broadcast Awards

Credit: Jennie McAlpine via Twitter (@jenniemcalpine)