What has made you want to settle down?
Planning to get married has a lot to do with it [Mistry is engaged to Strictly dancer Flavia Cacace]. Plus, Corrie gives you a great profile lift. You’re in people’s living rooms almost every day and our producer Stuart Blackburn said to me, “Come in, have fun and bring your stuff to the table.”
Can you tell us about your upcoming storylines?
I’m working with Ben Price at the moment. Nick has obviously had his accident, so Kal is in the process of rehabilitating him and giving him confidence. I don't know about any romance in Kal's life as yet - I think he's probably a bit of a ladies' man, but the backstory is that he had a wife who died and he also has kids. But he's single coming into the Street.
There's been talk of him getting with Liz McDonald, but I don't know anything about it. Bev Callard told she me wants it to happen! We'll have to wait and see. The other thing is that he might be opening a gym - that could lead to a new set and the potential for some great comedy.
What kind of a man is Kal?
He’s an alpha male – I think they were keen to bring in a strong male character. I like to think of him as someone who's quite charming and inspiring, but you can tell there's definitely another side to him. And this is what we’re going find out. When we meet him, though, he is quite a mystery.
What effect did doing Strictly Come Dancing have on your career?
It changed my life in so many different ways. That show really puts you out there – it’s the only time I've ever shown people who I was. It was the real me, rather than me hiding behind a character. I still do a little bit of dancing – mainly around the sitting room.
And then there was meeting Flavia…
For me and Flavia, it was a case of meeting the right person. It's an intense time when you’re on Strictly: you’re picking up a new skill, after all. But Flavia and I got together afterwards. While we were on the show, it was more of a friendship than anything else. As for the future? Well, if I had my way, our wedding would be in Vegas, but I don’t know if that will happen. I think it’ll be quite a private affair.
And your first dance?
Don’t ask me about that! Blimey – that’s going to be something!
You’re both so busy – what effect does that have on the pair of you?
Since day one, we’ve made sure we’ve maintained the relationship, even though we’ve always been busy. You have to keep feeding fuel to the fire, but if you know it’s right, it's right. We’re used to the separation and using the phone and Skype. It works for some people and for some, it doesn’t.
And, finally, are there are any Corrie characters with whom you really want to have scenes?
Someone on Corrie said to me recently that you always have pockets of people that you work with and some people you may never speak to. What I would love is to get a scene with Norris. A bit of comedy - that would be good. Some old-fashioned Corrie comedy.