Will Mellor joins the cast of Coronation Street

Will Mellor joins the cast of Coronation Street as ‘menacing’ drugs lord Harvey who traps Simon Battersby in a ‘dangerous world’

Will Mellor has joined the cast of Coronation Street. 

The Two Pints of Lager star, 44, will take on the role of a menacing drug lord called Harvey. 

Will will walk into Weatherfield next month as Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) finds herself forced into a dangerous world of drugs and despair.  

Welcome to Weatherfield: Will Mellor has joined the cast of Coronation Street

In the coming weeks, a grieving Leanne will battle to her save son Simon (Alex Bain) from the hands of an evil drugs gang he’s got mixed up in, after losing her other son Oliver to mitochondrial disease.

This fierce maternal instinct to protect Simon is what will throw her into the orbit of drugs lord Harvey, to be played by Will.

Harvey is Jacob’s ‘boss’ and after Jacob has lured a vulnerable Simon into his trap, it’s Harvey who takes over to pile on the pressure and threats when Simon wants out.

Interesting: The Two Pints of Lager star, 44, will take on the role as a menacing drug lord called Harvey

Drugs lord: ‘Harvey is the first out and out baddie I’ve ever played. It’s a very different type of role for me so I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into the character’, Will said

It soon becomes clear that Leanne and Simon are in way too deep and a menacing Harvey has no intention of letting them out of his grasp.

Speaking of his new role, Will said: ‘I’m honoured to be asked to come into Coronation Street, it’s such an iconic show and has been a huge part of my family life. 

‘When I started acting 32 years ago it was my mum’s dream for me to be in Corrie so I’m happy to finally be able to make it come true. It’s a Manchester institution and as a Manchester actor this is definitely a box ticked.

Dramatic storyline: Will will walk into Weatherfield next month as Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) finds herself forced into a dangerous world of drugs and despai

‘Harvey is the first out and out baddie I’ve ever played. It’s a very different type of role for me so I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into the character and making some waves.’

Producer Iain MacLeod added: ‘I am so excited to welcome Will into our world. He is a fantastic actor who has thrown himself heart and soul into making his character as terrifyingly real as possible. 

‘He will have a massive impact on our characters’ lives, from the moment he swaggers menacingly onto the screen.

Will is best known for his television roles, including Jambo Bolton in Hollyoaks, Gaz Wilkinson in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, DC Spike Tanner in No Offence and Steve Connolly in Broadchurch.

The actor met dancer Michelle McSween when they starred together in the stage musical Oh, What a Night in 1999. They married in 2007 and have two children, Jayden, 16, and Renee, 12.

Soap star: Will is best known for his television roles, including Jambo Bolton in Hollyoaks (pictured in 1995)

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