Reece Dinsdale (opens in new tab) has admitted that Michelle Keegan was the reason he joined Coronation Street. The former Home to Roost actor, who plays Joe McIntyre in the ITV1 soap, revealed he was impressed with Michelle's acting on screen before he joined the show. "The reason I'm in the show is partly down to Michelle Keegan - well not partly, chiefly," said Reece, who plays the father of Tina, played by Michelle. "Basically I was watching the show one night and I turned to my wife and I said 'that girl who's playing Tina is absolutely unbelievable. She's brilliant'," he continued. "And it was the very next day my agent rang and said 'you don't fancy playing Tina's dad in Coronation Street do you?' So it came from that really. "I thought if you want to go into a soap you want to be working with good people, and really I've not been disappointed, put it that way." Reece added that he's watched Coronation Street for most of his life. "I've always been a Corrie fan. I remember going to bed after it finished - at 8 o'clock it was like 'pyjamas on and to bed' when I was a kid. "And I've watched it 40-odd years, so I didn't need much persuading in being told it was good quality stuff to come on board." Get all the latest soap gossip delivered straight to your door. Subscribe to Soaplife magazine today (opens in new tab) Click here to watch whatsontv.co.uk's new weekly soaps video preview, the Soap Scoop (opens in new tab)
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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