Rovers Return barman and knicker stitcher Sean Tully is to find love again – with a vicar. Actor Daniel Brocklebank has been cast as good-looking clergyman Billy, who’ll meet Sean while on a night out.
Pretty soon, Billy has introduced himself as the new vicar at St Mary’s in Weatherfield, which just so happens to be the place where Corrie stalwart Emily Bishop goes to worship.
But despite romance being in the air, Sean looks set to struggle as he’s forced to play second fiddle to Billy’s job and parishioners.
Actor Antony Cotton said today of his upcoming storyline: “I am thrilled that Sean is to find love again especially with this unique and exciting storyline. I’m sure it’ll have it’s ups and downs but that’s what makes Coronation Street great. Hopefully it will be tender, funny and honest. Heaven!”
Daniel Brocklebank – whose previous screen credits include Shakespeare in Love and EastEnders – added: “I am thrilled to be joining Coronation Street. I’m hugely excited to be part of something that is such an institution. I’m really looking forward to working with Antony Cotton and the rest of the cast, as well as joining my best mate Hayley Tamaddon on the cobbles.”
Show producer Stuart Blackburn commented that it was high time that Sean found romance again before saying, “Billy is a great guy who is sincere about his feelings for Sean but his first love is and always will be God and the church. We will be exploring this very modern relationship in the coming months and are delighted to have Daniel on board to play Billy.”
Daniel Brocklebank begins filming next month and will be seen on screen from December.