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Antony Cotton’s 'Strictly dream'

Coronation Street’s Antony Cotton is hoping to appear in this year’s series of Strictly Come Dancing, it has been reported.

The 39-year-old is best known for playing flamboyant Rovers Return barman Sean Tully in the hit soap opera. But Antony would reportedly like to show off more than just his acting skills on the next series of the celebrity dancing contest.

“Antony would be fabulous on Strictly and would be a massive ratings pull for them,” a source told British newspaper The Mirror. “He adores the show and there is no doubt he would love to be on it.”

This wouldn’t be the actor’s first foray into reality TV, having taken part in I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2011 finishing fourth. He has also previously shown off his dance skills after winning Let's Dance for Comic Relief in 2013.

The insider adds that at former castmate Michelle Keegan’s recent wedding to Mark Wright, who appeared on Strictly last year, Antony was putting feelers out about securing a place in this year’s line up.

“When he was at Michelle Keegan and Mark Wright’s wedding he was asking people from the Beeb about it and kind of putting his hat in the ring to be a contestant,” they added. “There were some Strictly people at the wedding who had become close to Mark when he was in it last year and they were chatting to Antony all about it. Back at Granada it was the gossip in the Green Room that he could be the shock star this year.”

It would be a surprise for the actor to appear, considering current ITV soap stars have never set foot on the dancefloor. But it’s been claimed that Corrie bosses could make an exception for Antony, who has played Sean for 12 years.

“It really would be ground breaking for an active Corrie artist to take part in Strictly so it’s a wait and see situation,” the source said.

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