The Bailey family will make their debut on Coronation Street tonight (10 June),and things are expected to get heated straight away.
Pharmacy assistant and mum Aggie (Lorna Laidlaw) will knock heads with Claudia Colby (Rula Lenska), while dad Ed (Trevor Michael Georges) – a former property developer turned builder – takes over the ownership of No.3.
Meanwhile, eldest son Michael (Ryan Russell) tries to win over Michelle (Kym Marsh) by asking her for a drink, while his little brother James (Nathan Graham) tackles homophobia in football. Not much has been revealed on how his role will develop, but we do know that he hasn’t come out to his family yet.
Here’s everything that you need to know about the soap’s newest family.
Where would you recognise the Baileys from?
The newcomers are the first black family to appear on Coronation Street and they will be moving into number 3, the former home of Emily Bishop.
They might be new to Weatherfield, but you will probably recognise their faces.
You might know Lorna, 56, better as Mrs Tembe in BBC’s Doctors.
Originally from Birmingham, she began acting aged 15 at a local youth theatre and later took a job as a social worker, but she soon returned to acting and spent several years at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
Lorna first appeared on TV in the 90s, and became a regular feature on two children’s shows – Tikkabilla and Grandpa in my Pocket.
Her big on screen break was Doctors. In 2009, she played Gloria Dixon in one episode, before securing her regular spot as Mrs Tembe in 2011.
Trevor Michael Georges
Trevor, who plays Ed, also started his career on stage.
After graduating from Darlington College of Arts with a degree in music theatre, he went on to appear in The Magna Carta Plays, Home, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl, Starlight Express and the Buddy Holly Story, among other shows.
He’s also tackled the classics, like A Christmas Carol and Casablanca and has done some opera work in Porgy and Bess.
As for his on screen career, Trevor has appeared in a myriad of soaps and dramas such as Doctor Who, Casualty, My Hero, EastEnders and Doctors, as well as The Rotters Club, T-Bag, Whitechapel and Pulling.
However, viewers might know him best for his portrayal of Conrad Murray in Autopsy:The Last Hours Of, as well as his roles in The Ink Thief and Swap, a comedy short that he wrote, directed and appeared in.
Ryan Russell, who plays Michael, has been in the headlines as of late – but not for his acting skills.
The 27-year-old actor came under fire in April for a series of old tweets, which included sexist references to women.
He’s most known for landing a job as a presenter on CBeebies in 2017, but he has also had various acting gigs in theatre including Othello and It’s A Wonderful Life.
In addition, Ryan has appeared in adverts for Superdrug and WeBuyAnyCare.
Nathan Graham, who has landed the role of James, is fairly new to acting.
Despite his youthful appearance, fans might be shocked to find out that he’s actually 28 years old (compared to his character, who is 19).
He appeared in a short film called Bus Stop Romeo last year – a romantic short where he held the lead of Romeo, a young man who has a meet cute with a girl at a bus stop one night after finishing his shift at the local pub.
Nathan has also done theatre work in West End shows including Miss Saigon and Dreamgirls.
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