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Vic Reeves lands dream Corrie job

Vic Reeves will star as a TV host who comes to Weatherfield to film Norris and Mary.

Vic Reeves is swapping comedy for the cobbles as he lands a part in Coronation Street.

The Leeds-born funnyman confirmed his casting on Monday (22May17), a day after The Sun first broke the news.

In a statement Vic, real name Jim Moir, said his Corrie casting was a dream come true.

"I've been a life-long fan of Corrie. In fact, I think I saw the very first one. I try not to miss any episodes,” he revealed.

“I’m really looking forward to acting in Corrie. It’s a real thrill to be part of a British Institution.”

Vic is leaving his comedy sidekick Bob Mortimer for a little while, as he takes on the role of a TV presenter called Colin who arrives in Weatherfield to film Norris (Malcolm Hebden) and Mary (Patti Clare) for his TV show.

The 58-year-old begins filming his three month stint in July (17).

Corrie executive producer Kieran Roberts said he was over the moon with Corrie’s new signing.

“Jim is such a well-loved entertainer and a brilliant actor so we’re thrilled he’s joining the cast of Coronation Street,” he shared.

Vic previously stated that the ITV soap was the “greatest TV” and it would make his life complete if he were ever offered a role.

Vic isn’t the first famous name to walk the cobbles; Sir Ian McKellen, Nigel Havers and Peter Kay have all had guest roles in the past.

Popstars have also made their mark on the Manchester-based soap with Shayne Ward a current fan favourite while Boyzone star Keith Duffy has previously pulled pints in the Rovers.

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