BREAKING news from the cobbles of Weatherfield.
Former Cold Feet star John Thomson is joining the cast of Coronation Street.
The Salford-raised actor and comic will play a down-on-his-luck children’s entertainer called Jessie.
John, 39, will film three episodes in October but producers hope to tempt him back for a longer spell on the cobbles next year.
A Street spokesman said: “We are delighted that John is joining the show. John is a fantastic comedy actor and is perfect for the part of Jessie.”
His episodes are due to be seen on screen in mid-December.
New Street Law and The Fast Show star John is also appearing as a regular character in the new series of ITV1 drama Kingdom.
Which perhaps explains why he’s not available for more Corrie episodes this autumn.
He follows in the footsteps of other comedians appearing in Weatherfield, including Peter Kay and Roy Hudd.