Coronation Street fans have gone wild over Johnny Connor star Richard Hawley's surprise link to hit festive film Love Actually.
Earlier this year, Johnny was tragically killed off the ITV soap during the dramatic October super stunt week where he died in a sinkhole trying to save estranged wife Jenny.
And soap fans got a surprise this December when they saw actor Richard, 66, who played Johnny, pop up in hit festive film Love Actually, which was released in 2003.
In the Richard Curtis classic, which stars the likes of Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley and Colin Firth – to name a few, Richard plays the role of Deputy Prime Minister Alex.
Taking to social media, soap watchers were left shocked over the Coronation Street star's link to Love Actually.
One person said: "Just watching Love Actually and seen Johnny! I didn’t know he was in it!"
A different account put: "Tell me if I’m right or wrong on this if I’m right after all of these years watching Love Actually this is Johnny isn’t it from Coronation Street."
To which another fan replied: "It certainly is I remember watching this last year and thinking the same thing."
A different soap watcher responded: "Yes! Actor is Richard Hawley who played Johnny Conner on Corrie. In Love Actually he plays the Deputy Prime Minister."
While a different viewer added: "Yes I watched it last week and saw Johnny."
It comes after actor Richard revealed his unusual career plans after his exit from Coronation Street in October.
Richard joined the Loose Women panel to talk about his future plans after his character on the hit ITV soap was killed off.
Rather than diving straight into another acting role, the 66 year old said he plans to train as a forest school volunteer.
“I’ve got some really exciting plans actually,” he told Katie Piper. “Firstly, I’m going to train and volunteer in a forest school nearby where I live. I did a bit of work in one and they’re just fantastic places for kids. Families come as well, and I did washing up on my volunteering days."
Speaking about why he made the decision to leave the soap, on which he'd played Johnny since 2015, he explained: “I live a long way from Manchester, I live in Brighton, and it was getting quite difficult travelling up and down.
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"Over the seven years, it was a good set of stories. Sally Ann [Matthews, his estranged wife Jenny in the soap] and I had always wanted to do what was a really great love story and to be perfectly honest, if you want to do a really great love story, somebody has to die.
"It has to be over. And that’s what we wanted. That’s why I stepped up, really and said I was ready to go.”
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