ITV has released a preview video of tonight's Coronation Street sketch for Text Santa in which Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole visits Weatherfield.
Speaking about the special scene, actress Michelle Keegan (who plays barmaid Tina McIntyre) said: “I was really excited when I found out that Cheryl Cole was going to be filming at Corrie. She is someone I really admire and I have never met her properly. So when I found out she was going to play Tina’s friend I couldn’t believe it."
In the scene, Cole will be seen arriving in Weatherfield looking for her childhood friend. The pair are expecting to be travelling to Newcastle for Cheryl’s mum’s Christmas party – but, this being soapland, events don’t go entirely to plan.
Keegan added: "They say never meet your idols but she was amazing. She is such a huge Corrie fan and she was genuinely pleased to be filming with us. I sat and chatted with her for ages, which was lovely. She didn't need any tips from us all though - she was really good, a natural.
"She knew all her lines and she seemed to really enjoy herself. Malcolm Hebden, who plays Norris, made her laugh. She was great fun to have on set and I am really thrilled that Text Santa gave me the chance to work with her."
On the subject of her cameo, Cheryl Cole said recently: “Coronation Street has always been a part of my life, we’d all watch it as kids every night. It’s surreal to be part of something I’ve watched my whole life. It’s great to be able to support six wonderful charities and I really hope that this year’s appeal makes a difference to many lives.”
The charity fundraiser – which airs tonight at 8pm on ITV – will also feature stars from such shows as Downton Abbey and Britain’s Got Talent highlighting the work of 2013’s chosen charities.
Suranne Jones will spotlight the work of Age UK, Colin Salmon champions Barnardo’s, Amanda Holden visits the people behind BeatBullying, Jonathan Ross examines the work of the British Heart Foundation, Richard E Grant profiles CLIC Sargent, while Jim Carter explains the role of Help the Hospices.