Big Brother’s Bit On The Side regular and Celebs On The Farm host Stephen Bailey has joined Coronation Street.
The comedian will appear on the soap on Monday night’s double episodes as the MC of the Weatherfield Hairdresser Awards, and he is delighted to have landed a role on the show.
He told Chortle: “When I started in comedy, my one big thing I wanted to do was to be in Corrie – especially being a Manchester boy!
“I was brought up watching it whilst eating my tea.
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“They essentially asked me to do a Holly and Phil-esque cameo by hosting the Hairdresser of the Year Awards.
“It was such a joy to essentially do a corporate gig on such an iconic TV show, and with their legendary characters.”
The episodes will see Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) dreading the ceremony after her frenemy Claudia Colby (Rula Lenska) tells the tresses queen she has nominated her for the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Several other comedians have also made Corrie cameos over the years, including Peter Kay.
He appeared as a shoplifter in the ITV soap in 1997, but returned in 2004 as drayman Eric Gartisde, a love interest for Sally Lindsay’s alter-ego Shelley Unwin.
Eric took Shelley out on a date but things were ruined for him when they headed back to his and his overbearing mother Dolly appeared in her dressing gown – putting Shelley right off a future romance with him.
And just last year, Vic Reeves – who was born Jim Moir – graced the cobbles with his presence as Colin Callen, the head of marketing at NewsCo, which was sponsoring the Mr & Mrs competition Norris (Malcolm Hebden) and Mary Cole (Patti Clare) entered.
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