Coronation Street‘s Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell) is to be reunited with her estranged brother Paul Foreman (Peter Ash) this winter as her sibling comes to the cobbles – who viewers will recognise as the criminal who shared a cell with David Platt (Jack P Shepherd) while he was banged up for the assault on Gary Windass earlier this year.
According to the Daily Star, Paul will show up on the street in upcoming episodes when his familial link to comedic kebab shop worker Gemma becomes clear. A second stint for Ash, who also starred alongside Corrie’s Ben Price (Nick Tilsley) in trashy ITV drama Footballers’ Wives, had already been mooted but this latest tabloid report means his reappearance is even more intriguing if Gemma really is his sibling.
Paul and David met in prison, where the troubled Platt ended up in May this year after lashing out at his sister’s boyfriend while burying his torment after being sexually assaulted by Josh Tucker (Ryan Clayton), which manifested in the angry outburst during a charity boxing match that almost killed the builder.
David’s aggression saw him pin Paul against the cell wall when he tried to befriend him, and when he later calmed down and apologised he was met with a cool response – so how will David react when he sees his cellmate again? Having gained closure when Josh left Weatherfield, despite not being charged for his crimes, David will probably not want a reminder of this difficult time in his life…
Campbell recently hinted to Inside Soap her character would be met with a blast from the past soon: “There’s lots of stuff happening over Christmas which is quite revealing,” she said. “It might show different elements of Gemma and explain why she is like she is. There is plenty to come!”