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Ted Robbins confirmed for Corrie role

Ted Robbins will play a love interest to Coronation Street’s Patti Clare’s character Mary Taylor, it has been confirmed.

The Phoenix Nights star has been cast as a love interest for fan favourite Mary Taylor (Patti Clare) in the ITV soap. Stuart thinks the 60-year-old will make a great addition to the cobbles.

“We’ve got romance and comedy coming up for Mary. That’s for the first time in a long, long time. She’s going to meet someone and fall in love,” he said, reports The Sun. “We all know how completely passionate she is, she’ll fall in love times 100. Unfortunately it’s with a ne’er-do-well called Brendan. Fortunately for us, he’s going to be played by the brilliant Ted Robbins. He did a fantastic audition. He’s absolutely Corrie through and through, so we’re looking forward to that.”

Ted will be the third former Phoenix Nights actor to appear in the ITV soap. Paddy McGuinness was recently confirmed to be playing nature enthusiast Dougie Ryan, while comedian Peter Kay guest starred in the late 90s and again in 2004 opposite close friend Sally Lindsay, who played Shelley Unwin.

In other big news for the soap, they have cast their first actor with Down's Syndrome to play the nephew of Melanie Hill’s character Cathy Matthews.

Liam Bairstow has already started working on the street after being spotted at an acting workshop.

“We ran a Breaking Through a while ago, which was for actors with disabilities. It was recognising that they get so few auditions. We found a young guy there called Liam,” Stuart explained. “It’s not some politically correct thing. We found there a really great actor with a wonderful sense of timing. The cast have been really enjoying working with him.”

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