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Yorkshire actor set for Corrie debut

It is never quiet on the cobbles of Coronation Street and tonight sees the arrival of Gavin Rodwell played by Yorkshire actor Oliver Farnworth.

Fans of the soap will have seen Les Dennis' character of Michael trying to track down his long lost son on Wednesday night's episode.

Gavin is set to stir up the nation's favourite street tonight he makes his first appearance. Daniel Harris caught up with Oliver on the set of Coronation Street:


Widow at Westminster for MP's debate into pancreatic cancer

A widow from Scunthorpe will be in Parliament today to listen to MPs discuss the illness which killed her husband. The visit by Maggie Watts, 50, to Westminster, is a major milestone in her campaign to increase funding for research into pancreatic cancer. Her husband Kevin Watts, a local builder, died from the disease aged 48 in 2008. His death spurred mum of one Mrs Watts to organise a 106,000-name on-line petition and force a debate in the House of Commons.

Actress Julie Hesmondhalgh at the University of Manchester with scientists and Maggie Watts Credit: Maggie Watts

Former Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, whose character Hayley Cropper was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the long-running soap opera, joined Maggie's campaign after becoming aware of the disease’s low survival rate - around three per cent five years after diagnosis. The debate will be led by Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin.

ITV cast and crew set off on charity bike ride

Members of ITV's cast and crew have set off on a 60-mile charity cycle through towns and villages between Media City in Manchester, where Coronation Street is filmed, and Eccup in West Yorkshire, home to Emmerdale.

Taking on the trans-Pennine challenge are Emmerdale’s Gaynor Faye, Jamie Shelton, Nicola Wheeler and James Hooton, Coronation Street’s Colson Smith, and Good Morning Britain’s Laura Tobin.

Also in the saddle will be TV presenters Darren Jeffries and Matt Littler, and 911 singer Jimmy Constable, whose bandmate Lee Brennan will be volunteering to support the cyclists on their journey.

The Tour de ITV is part of the nationwide ITV Local Heroes campaign, which aims to inspire viewers to help out at local sports clubs and make a difference in their communities.

Soap stars in Tour charity cycle ride

Stars from Coronation Street and Emmerdale are to take part in a charity cycle ride between the sets of the two ITV soaps in preparation for the Tour De France.

Familiar faces from TV including Emmerdale's Nicola Wheeler (who plays Nicola King), James Hooton (Sam Dingle) and Jamie Shelton (Robbie Lawson) will be tackling the route from the Rover's Return to The Woolpack.

Yet-to-be-named actors from Corrie will also be involved in the 60-mile ride on July 1.

The Tour De ITV, which has teamed up with London 2012 legacy sports charity Join In, will also feature Good Morning Britain weather presenter Laura Tobin. The idea is to raise money for grass roots sports groups and Marie Curie Cancer Care.


Emmerdale and Leeds' Corrie star get gongs at British Soap Awards

Leeds born soap star Helen Worth arriving for the 2014 British Soap Awards in London. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Leeds-born soap star Helen Worth and our Emmerdale colleagues, here at ITV Yorkshire,have picked up gongs at this weekend's British Soap Awards.

Coronation Street star Helen was presented with the "Outstanding Achievement" award for her role as Gail Platt. And Emmerdale won the award for "the most spectacular scene" for the dramatic Woolpack flood and siege

Hayley's skirt turns up in Lincoln charity shop

A charity shop in Sleaford got an unexpected delivery last week when they received a dress worn by Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Julie wearing the skirt while filming in Blackpool Credit: Press Association

Julie's character, Hayley Cropper, left the show after a controversial storyline earlier this year.

The skirt is a purple, floral, Birketex skirt, in size 16, with sequins and comes with a certificate of authenticity.

It is being sold for £45 at Sleaford’s British Red Cross shop.

Soap star's suicide bids confession

Coronation Street star Beverley Callard, who is from Leeds , has admitted for the first time today that she tried to take her own life six times.

Beverley, who plays Liz McDonald in the Street has opened her heart to Piers Morgan in an interview that will be shown in full on ITV tonight.

And as Duncan Wood reports she has revealed that she is still taking medication but has hopefully left her most dark days behind.

Coronation Street's first muslim family to move in

Jimi Mistry pictured with Strictly Come Dancing dancer Flavia Cacace . The pair married in December. Credit: PA

Coronation Street is to get its first Muslim family in the soap's 53-year history, according to a report.

The Daily Star says relatives of current character Kal Nazir, played by former EastEnders actor Jimy Mistry, from Scarborough, will soon become permanent residents of the Street.

"We've established that Kal's two kids, his daughter and son, live with his mum and dad," executive producer Stuart Blackburn said.

"We've already cast his dad, Sharif, who is retired. He's not rich but he's made enough money he doesn't need to work."

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