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The sitcom actress, who has previously starred in ‘Auf Wiedersehen, Pet’ and ‘Bread’, will be arriving on the cobbles in April, and will make an impact for one ‘Corrie’ resident in particular.
Melanie’s character, Cathy Matthews, will strike up a rapport with Roy Cropper, when the two meet at an allotment, and he learns that, like himself, she is grieving the death of her spouse.
Speaking about landing the soap role, Melanie said: “I'm chuffed to bits to be joining the cast of my favourite soap.
“Me and my family grew up watching it and to actually be working on it is a dream come true.”
A soap insider has teased the storyline, telling The Mirror that Roy and Cathy’s relationship could take a romantic turn in the weeks ahead, stating: “Roy and Cathy strike up a friendship through their love of the allotment and he soon discovers she is getting over the death of her husband.
“Is this destined to be Roy’s first chance of romance following the death of his beloved Hayley? Time will tell.”
‘Corrie’ executive producer Stuart Blackburn adds: “Recently widowed, Cathy is an engaging yet sometimes chaotic woman. Though her indecision can drive her friends mad, behind the vulnerable front is a woman who truly does have a heart of gold.
“We are delighted that Melanie Hill has agreed to join us and take on the role. Familiar I'm sure to our audience, Melanie is an incredible actress who I know will soon propel Cathy to the heart of Coronation Street.”
Cathy’s arrival in Weatherfield comes as viewers prepare to say goodbye to some familiar faces, including Katy Cavanagh, who plays Julie Carp, and Amy Kelly, better known to soap fans as Maddie Heath.