Andrew Dipper

Paddy McGuinness joins Coronation Street

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Paddy McGuinness is to have a guest role in Coronation Street as a wilderness survival enthusiast.

McGuinness will star in six episodes of the ITV soap as Dougie Ryan, who meets up with the Tinkers and Dobbs on a camping holiday.

Dougie will be on holiday with his teenage daughter Caitlin, who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Craig Tinker.

Take Me Out presenter McGuinness starts filming next month. The episodes will be filmed on location and will transmit in August.

Paddy McGuinness said: “Being asked to appear in Coronation Street was a very special moment for me.

“I remember Peter Kay telling me how much he enjoyed his guest spot on the show and I can’t wait to get started.

“The character I’ll be playing is very funny and I’m sure the Corrie fans will love him.”

Coronation Street Producer Stuart Blackburn said: “It’s an absolute delight to be working with Paddy who is a talented actor with a flair for comedy that will ensure he fits right in with the Corrie cast.”