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Coronation Street casts Will Mellor as drugs boss Harvey – Digital Spy

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The new baddie will arrive next month.
Coronation Street has confirmed that Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps star Will Mellor is joining the soap as drug lord Harvey.
Arriving on the cobbles next month, the new baddie comes in as Leanne Battersby is plunged into the drugs underworld while trying to save son Simon Barlow.
Recent scenes have seen the youngster forced to become a drug dealer as part of a cruel con from Jacob Hay, and Leanne’s maternal instinct to protect Simon forces her into the orbit of Harvey, Jacob’s boss.
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Will’s character will pile on the pressure and threats as Simon tries to untangle himself from the nightmare, and it soon becomes clear that Leanne and her son are in way too deep, as Harvey has no intention of letting them out of his grasp.
“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,” Will said.
“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.
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“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.”
Mellor has previously starred in the likes of Hollyoaks, Casualty, Line of Duty and Broadchurch.
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.
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