It’s been a while since Billy Mayhew had a man in his life, but that’s all about to change.
The vicar hasn’t had a serious love interest since his failed relationship with Todd Grimshaw a year ago…
And he’s about to embark on a ‘sexy’ romance with another bad boy – newcomer Paul Foreman.
The former heroin addict is set to embark on a new love affair with Gemma Winter’s twin brother Paul, who arrives in Coronation Street in January.
Viewers will know that Paul – played by actor Peter Ash – was David Platt’s cellmate in prison and received a beating when David lashed out at him for no reason.
He arrives in Weatherfield to track him down, and find his sister.
Corrie producer Iain MacLeod has described Paul as a “rough diamond”, teasing he will “bring so much fun” to the soap.
Speaking at a Corrie press event, he said: “He’s like a male Gemma with even fewer of the rough edges smoothed. He’s quite sexually forward, shall we say, as vicar Billy will quickly realise during Paul’s stay on the street.
“And they will go on to be a really interesting, sexy couple for us. It’s an iteration of the vicar with the bad boy but Paul will bring so much fun and trouble to Billy’s life in a lighthearted way.”
As well as being part of the Street’s next big couple, Paul will also have a big part to play in Gemma’s upcoming storylines.
Corrie airs Paul’s return scenes on New Year’s Day in an hour-long episode.
Billy helps Paul to land a job at the factory, causing the bad boy to see him in a new light.
TV fans might remember Peter Ash from his role in Footballers’ Wives, which also starred fellow soap star Ben Price.
He also appeared in Hollyoaks as Ron.
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