Laura Tobin and Ben Shephard

Laura Tobin pokes fun at Ben Shephard over Coronation Street ‘appearance’

The presenter is set to appear on Corrie as Mary Taylor's love interest

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Laura Tobin has poked fun at co-star Ben Shephard ahead of his unexpected appearance in Coronation Street.

The Good Morning Britain host is set to make an upcoming ‘cameo’ in the ITV soap as Mary Taylor’s secret crush.

During Ben’s debut scene, Mary has a comfy-looking blanket printed with pictures of his face.

What did Laura Tobin do?

The preview clip was aired on GMB today (August 4), with Laura later taking to Twitter to unveil her own spin on Mary’s blanket.

The 38-year-old presenter shared a series of photographs of herself with a cut out of her co-star in her home.

Laura posed with Ben in various places, including her bed, in the garden and in an inflatable swimming pool.

The host appeared delighted as she snuggled and pointed next to Ben in one.

Corrie Mary
Ben Shepard will make his Coronation Street debut as Mary’s love interest (Credit: ITV)

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Alongside the hilarious snaps, Laura wrote: “Who doesn’t love @benshephard? Mary in @itvcorrie has a ‘Ben blanket’ I have a life size cut out of Ben who lives in my house!

He loves chilling on the hammock and in the paddling pool.

“He loves chilling on the hammock and in the paddling pool @GMB @andipeters.”

However, clearly amused by Laura’s efforts, Ben joked: “Is it me or is this a little sinister.”

He also added a string of laughing emojis.

Laura Tobin poked fun at co-star Ben on Twitter (Credit:

Fans were just as amused, with one writing: “That’s our girl Laura. We definitely need something to smile about.”

In addition, another added: “Hope your husband doesn’t mind sharing you!”

Ben Shephard’s soap debut

Meanwhile, soap star Patti Clare appeared on the ITV daytime show today to discuss her character Mary’s crush.

She said: “In Mary’s world, being embraced by Ben is her idea of heaven.

Ben Shephard on GMB
Soap star Patti Clare appeared on GMB today to talk to Ben and Kate Garraway (Credit: ITV)

“She’s put two and two together and come up with 10 and I think it’s a brilliant idea. She could get a chain going of Ben products.”

After that, Ben replied: “I’m very, very flattered. I’m very flattered as well that someone as discerning as Mary would think that I could offer some kind of solace in these times of need and such uncertainty!”

However, the 45-year-old star also revealed that his friends have been mocking him for the blanket since the Corrie clip aired.

“I am getting a lot of grief from my friends about the Ben blanket,” he admitted.

Ben revealed his friends have been giving him stick over the cameo (Credit:

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“Apparently there’s orders already gone into the golf club, they’ll be in the golf shop.”

In addition, he said: “Two of my friends… they’ve already put in orders. My friend John said, ‘I watch Corrie all the time, I can’t believe you’re going to be on the cobbles’.”

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