DELIGHT for Coronation Street fans as THIS familiar face joins the cast

Coronation Street
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There's a new character heading for Coronation Street, but where have you seen this familiar face before?

It has been announced that renowned actor Tony Maudsley has joined the cast of Coronation Street.

His character will have a strong connection to Weatherfield right from the off, because Tony will be playing the son of former Coronation Street favourite, Archie Shuttleworth.

Tony Maudsley

Tony Maudsley is joining the cast of Coronation Street (Picture: Getty Images) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Fans of the soap will remember Archie was the undertaker friend of Audrey Roberts who left his £80,000 life savings to her when he died off screen in 2018.

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The character, played by legendary actor and comedian Roy Hudd, appeared in the soap between 2002 and 2010.

Roy Hudd

Tony will be playing the son of Archie Shuttleworth, played by late actor Roy Hudd (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images) (Image credit: WireImage)

Roy sadly passed away following a short illness just last month, aged 83.

Tony Maudsley, who will be familiar to TV fans for playing Kenneth du Beke in ITV comedy series Benidorm, is reportedly set to start filming with the Coronation Street cast when production resumes, according to The Sun.

This week in sunny Benidorm, After setting up an unofficial taxi service, business is really picking up for Kenneth.

Tony will be familiar to TV fans as Kenneth from Benidorm (Picture: ITV / Tiger Aspect) (Image credit: ITV / Tiger Aspect)

The soap is currently taking a break in filming because of the current social distancing advice put in place by the government following the coronavirus outbreak.

But while Tony's new role might have been postponed because of the virus, he still took to Twitter to confirm the news for fans.

Along with a picture of the article about his new job in the newspaper, the actor wrote: "Yes, I can indeed confirm this to be true. I'm chuffed to be staying at my ITV home and heading to Weatherfield and I for one, couldn't be happier.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the cast of my favourite show. Here's to the next exciting chapter!"

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A Coronation Street source reportedly told the newspaper: "The bosses are really excited about Tony joining the soap, he's a great comedy actor and created one of Benidorm's most loved characters in Kenneth."

Coronation Street’s scheduling pattern has changed due to the coronavirus pandemic and now airs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.30pm.

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

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 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.