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Coronation Street's Connors pose for family portrait

Published 29/09/2015

Richard Hawley, left, and Faye Brookes, second right, join Kym Marsh, Alison King and Shayne Ward in Coronation Street's Connor family (ITV/PA)
Richard Hawley, left, and Faye Brookes, second right, join Kym Marsh, Alison King and Shayne Ward in Coronation Street's Connor family (ITV/PA)
Richard Hawley is joining the cast of Coronation Street

Coronation Street newcomers Richard Hawley and Faye Brookes have settled into Weatherfield, as the first official family portrait of them shows.

Prime Suspect actor Hawley, 60, plays Johnny, the "funny, charming and ruthless" patriarch of the Connor family, with stage actress Brookes cast as daughter Kate in the ITV soap.

The pair join singer and former X Factor winner Shayne Ward, who made his screen debut as son Aidan in August.

Kate and Aidan are distant cousins of Michelle Connor, played by Kym Marsh, and the family grew up on the same estate as Carla (Alison King), who married into the Connors.

The Bill actress Rhea Bailey has been cast as Kate's soldier fiancee Caz, and will appear on screens in November.

Brookes, who is dating pop star Gareth Gates, has spoken about playing out the lesbian relationship, telling Digital Spy: "It's a challenge. I didn't want to pigeonhole her into playing a stereotype."

The actress's screen sibling Ward has also teased there will be "a lot of fireworks" with the new cast additions.

"We are a force to be reckoned with. It's been a while since there has been a big Connor unit, but now I've come into it, then my dad and sister, so it's a pretty fun time for the Connors," he told UTV.

Hawley and Brookes will make their Coronation Street debut from October 5.

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