Aside from two brief reappearances on Corrie - first in 2007 and then again in 2011 - this is the first time that Todd has had an extended stay. And for Langley it couldn’t have come at a better time: he’s recently moved back to Manchester and the regular hours mean that he can spend time with six-year-old son Freddie (the child he had with beautician girlfriend Victoria, from whom he split 18 months ago).
“My boy is in Bolton, so it means a lot to me that I can take him to school. That in itself is amazing because actors are always here, there and everywhere. Corrie is the closest thing to a nine to five. We work Monday to Friday and I’ve got weekends with Freddie, so at the moment it’s a dream job for me.
“It’d be nice to stick around on the show for a couple of years. Our producer Stuart Blackburn has said he’s keen to have me around while he’s here, so he’s obviously got confidence in me and the character.”
However, it’s doubtful that Todd is going to win himself many supporters from his neighbours after turning up on the doorstep of number 11. Having stolen £500 from his latest boyfriend and lost his job at a law firm through laziness, Todd looks set to quickly tarnish his golden boy image.
“He’s definitely changed. Whatever’s happened in London has made him a bit jaded and more confident about his sexuality,” agrees Langley. “He’s basically being a bastard to everybody. He knows Sean fancies him, so he starts leading him on, which is awful. We did some scenes today where poor Sean went off crying upstairs.”