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Coronation Street casts former Emmerdale star Paul Opacic as Corey Brent's dad Stefan

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Paul Opacic played Kim Tate's husband in Emmerdale...

Coronation Street fans will see a familiar face on their screens in coming weeks as Paul Opacic joins the cast.

The former Emmerdale star, who played Kim Tate's husband, Steve Marchant, between 1996 and 1999, has been cast as Corey Brent's father in Coronation Street according to The Sun.

It has been reported that Paul will be playing a new villain on the cobbles called Stefan - Corey's rich businessman father.

Paul Opacic attends 'The British Soap Awards' at Granada Television Studios on May 14, 2011

Paul Opacic has joined the cast of Coronation Street (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: WireImage)

Until now the father of teenager Corey has remained unseen, however that is all set to change in the coming weeks when Stefan arrives in Weatherfield to cause trouble.

Here comes trouble 

According to The Sun, Sefan's arrival will cause huge drama for Dev Alahan when he gets involved in his son Corey's relationship with Dev's daughter, Asha.

Fans have watched in horror as Asha returned to her controlling ex-boyfriend after splitting recently with Nina Lucas.

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But Stefan's arrival will see a new chapter in Asha's life when he buys Nick Tilsley and Leanne Battersby's apartment for her and Corey to live in together.

A source reportedly told The Sun: "Stefan is going to cause chaos on the cobbles this year and give Dev major headaches.

"If viewers think Corey is bad, wait to see what kind of monster created him."

Paul Opacic as Carl Costello in Hollyoaks

Paul Opacic also played Carl Costello in Hollyoaks (Picture: Lime Pictures)

What else has Paul Opacic been in?

Not only did Paul play Emmerdale's Steve Marchant, but he also went on to star in Hollyoaks as Carl Costello between 2010 and 2018.

He has also appeared in TV shows like Heartbeat, Doctors, Peak Practice, Cold Feet, Holby City, Waterloo Road and Bad Girls.

Coronation Street airs on Mondays and Wednesdays 7.30pm and 8.30pm with an hour long episode at 7.30 on Fridays on ITV.

This week will see an extra hour-long episode added on Tuesday following scheduling changes made last week for coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh - see our TV Guide for full listings.

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 


After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off


She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 


As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.