Coronation Street introduces Gemma Winter’s brother - and we’ve seen him somewhere before

Coronation Street - Gemma Winter played by Dolly-Rose
(Image credit: Joseph Scanlon)

There's trouble heading for Coronation Street's Gemma Winter as her brother arrives on the cobbles. But which other Weatherfield resident does he have a surprising connection with?

Coronation Street fans are about to find out more about Gemma Winter's backstory as the soap introduces her brother as part of a new storyline for the much-loved character.

But Gemma's brother will look familiar to lots of soap fans, because according to the Daily Star he is also David Platt's former cellmate, Paul.

David Platt

David and Paul were cellmates back in May

It has been revealed recently that David's prison friend - who he met while he was in jail for attacking Gary Windass - was set to bring trouble for the hairdresser.

It has been promised that Paul would upset David as he reminded him about a time in his life that he would most definitely rather try and forget.

Gemma tells Chesney she made a mistake,

Gemma is just getting back on her feet after her heartbreak over Henry, will Paul bring more drama to her life?

David might have mixed feelings about having Paul back in his life having just found closure on his sexual abuse ordeal at the hands of evil Josh Tucker, but will Gemma be pleased to see her brother?

While fans have loved seeing Gemma turn from Kylie Platt's rough and ready friend to hilarious Rovers barmaid since she arrived back in 2014, we still don't know a huge amount about the character's past.

Could that all be about to change with Paul's arrival on the cards?

David Platt bundles Josh into a car

David finally got closure on his ordeal with Josh, but will Paul being back bad memories for the hairdresser?

Actress Dolly-Rose Campbell, who plays fiesta Gemma, recently hinted to Inside Soap that her character could expect plenty of drama heading her way this Christmas. And it seems that Gemma's sibling could be at the centre of it all...

"There's lots of different stuff happening over Christmas - which is quite revealing.

"It might show us a few different elements of Gemma's character, and explain some things about why she is like she is. There's plenty to come."

It sounds like there could be trouble on the cards for both Gemma and David if Paul has his way.

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.

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.