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Corrie gives fans insider nod to Rick's real-life brother - did you spot it?

Greg Wood's real life brother also stars on the ITV soap...

Eagled-eyed Coronation Street fans were rewarded with a little insider joke last night.

On Wednesday (17 April), the family connection between actor Greg Wood and fellow cast member Matt Milburn was playfully referenced in an otherwise tense scene on the cobbles.

Just behind Rick's left ear... Can you see it? (Credit: ITV)

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ED! recently revealed that Greg, who plays loanshark Rick Neelan, is the real-life brother of fellow soap star Matt Milburn.

Matt famously portrays Weatherfield County footballer Tommy Orptington, who was last seen on Coronation Street in March when the local celebrity opened Nick and David's barbers.

While the pair have never crossed path onscreen, Corrie made reference to the siblings with what's known as an Easter Egg (an insider joke)...

Did you spot the Tommy Orpington calendar in shot? (Credit: ITV)

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Right in the middle of a scene involving villain Rick and his accomplice Sharon, some eagled-eyed fans saw a Tommy Orpington calendar hanging in the background.

Matt and I haven't worked together yet, but I think it would be great if we did.

Good spot!

One fan commented: "Anyone notice Rick had a Tommy Orpington calendar? And it was on March. Great episode tonight."

Another said: "Weatherfield County calendar has Tommy Orpington for March... Yet it's April. #Corrie."

Matt first appeared as Tommy in 2016, and returned again last year after Jack Webster's sepsis storyline.

Meanwhile, Greg - who dated Sheridan Smith - first showed up in 2009 when he tormented Joe McIntyre and threatened the life of Tina.

He's now back to cause Gary no end of problems...

Both Greg and Matt have also appeared in Hollyoaks at separate times, with Matt's character Joe Spencer killed off in 2006, while Greg's character Trevor Royle died in 2016.

In September 2017, Greg attended his brother's wedding and paid tribute to Matt on Instagram.

Sharing a picture of them together, he wrote: "Beautiful day, couldn't of gone better. Proud of my bro."

Tommy is a local celebrity in Weatherfield (Credit: ITV)

Greg has previously spoken of how he'd love to work with his brother.

He told Inside Soap: "Matt and I haven't worked together yet, but I think it would be great if we did.

"It's nice to have another actor in the family. Matt understands where I am coming from, and we help each other out."

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