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Coronation Street has a new famous face joining the cobbles, that of Will Mellor, who’ll be luring Simon Barlow back into the world of drugs.

If you’ve been keeping up with Corrie over the past few weeks then you’ll have seen Simon, played by Alex Bain, get pulled into the murky world of drug gangs.

And as Leanne attempts to save him, it seems things are only getting worse for the youngster as he falls deeper into trouble.

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Will is set to play the role of Harvey, and he’s set to pile on the pressure on Simon, using threats to get what he wants.

Opening up about joining the hit ITV show, 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.

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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.”

When Will isn’t playing a terrifying boss embroiled in the world of drugs, who is he? Let’s take a look…

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Who is Will Mellor?

Will is an English actor and presenter who has been in a range of well known shows.

The 44 year old was born in Greater Manchester and he’s been acting since 1990, starting out when he was just 14.

His first role was as Ben Rowlingson in kids’ programme Children’s Ward.

He has also starred in Harbour Lights, Fat Friends and Is Harry on the Boat? and you might also know him from his roles in Hollyoaks and Casualty.

Perhaps his best known role was in Hollyoaks where he played Jambo Bolton from 1995 until 2004.

Another longer role was his part in Casualty from 2001 until 2003 playing Jack Vincent.

The talented actor has starred in his fair share of soaps, and also played Warren in EastEnders.

He joined the cast of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps as Gaz Wilkinson too and became a known face in Broadchurch, No Offence and White Van Man.

The famous star joined Line of Duty as PC Rod Kennedy in 2016 too, a character who was later murdered by The Caddy.

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With all these credits to his name, there’s no doubting Will is set to make a big impact on Coronation Street.

As well as acting, the Manchester born star also tried out a music career and related a cover of Leo Sayer’s When I Need You.

Is Will Mellor married?

Will married his dancer girlfriend Michelle McSween in 2007.

The pair met while in the stage musical Oh, What A Night in 1999.

They went on to have a son, Jayden, and daughter Renee.

Will often pops up on Instagram, sharing sweet snaps with his beautiful family with his 226,000 followers.

Last month he snapped a picture with his wife and daughter while enjoying a walk in Windsor.

“Great day out on the long walk in Windsor today with these 2 beautiful ladies!!

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“Stay safe but exercise is so important for your mental health!” penned the star.

In April 2020, Will revealed the heartbreaking news that his dad had died during lockdown.

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