Corrie signs up Hollyoaks bad boy — and it’s good news for fan-favourite

Coronation Street has reportedly signed up Hollyoaks bad boy Calum Lill.

The soap star shot to fame back in 2021 when he played PC Carlton Smith in the Channel 4 soap.

During his time on Hollyoaks, Calum had a big part in John Paul McQueen's storyline which saw his boyfriend, PC George Smith, abuse him.

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But it seems the actor has swapped the famous Cheshire village for the Weatherfield cobbles.

Sources have claimed Calum will be playing duty solicitor Joel Deering on the much-loved soap Coronation Street.

His character is said to arrive on the show to help Lauren Bolton, and will reportedly grow rather close to Dee-Dee.

A source told The Sun: "Callum’s been filming for a few weeks and his character couldn’t be more different from PC Smith on Hollyoaks.

“He’ll be on screen next week as part of Dee-Dee’s new storyline."

Calum played PC Carlton Smith on Hollyoaks for 12 episodes – but it’s not the only show he has bagged roles in.

In 2018 he appeared in three short films – I Can See Clearly Now, Sleep Warm, and Heads or Tails.

A year later, he starred in Holby City, playing Chez Wilson-Needham, and also appeared in Brummie soap Doctors the same year, playing Conor Henson.

In other Corrie news, former star Debra Stephenson has landed a role on Mrs Brown’s Boys.

Debra, who played Frankie Baldwin on the ITV soap, will make her debut on the new series of the BBC show as Anita.

It marks a TV comeback for the star as it is her first TV role in two years.

A show insider said: “Debra is perfect for Mrs Brown’s Boys because she brilliant at comedy.

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"Producers are confident viewers are going to absolutely love her."

Debra’s character Anita is a pal of fan favourite Cathy, played by Jennifer Gibney.

It means she will be at the centre of the action.

The insider added: "Debra is part of some brilliant storylines.

"There’s speculation she could be Cathy’s half sister, so she could quite literally become part of the family."

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