If there’s one thing Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan taught us it’s that soap operas have a knack for producing pop stars – particularly the Aussie offerings – but it seems as though the music industry has no problem returning the favour.
Many a chart-topping star has decided to trade in the microphone for a bit of soap opera melodrama. The latest? X Factor winner Shayne Ward, who’s joining the cast of Coronation Street for the next twelve months.
To celebrate, here are a selection of our favourite pop stars who’ve popped up in soaps over the years…
Kym Marsh – Coronation Street
Now a Corrie stalwart – and RadioTimes.com Soap Champion 2015 runner-up – Marsh was best known as a member of Popstars band Hear’Say before she headed for the cobbles.
Keith Duffy – Coronation Street
The Boyzone star spent quite some time behind the bar at the Rovers as the charming cheeky Irish chap, Ciaran McCarthy.
Sarah Harding – Coronation Street
The most recent addition to the Corrie cast spent a few nights in Weatherfield as – wait for it – the ex-wife of Tracy Barlow’s ex-husband, Robert.
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini – Coronation Street
Ok, technically it was just for a Text Santa special, but Cheryl did take a trip to Weatherfield to play Tina McIntyre’s old pal back in December 2013.
Ever wanted to ask your favourite soap stars a question? EastEnders stars Danny Dyer and Natalie Cassidy will join executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins to delve into the secrets of Albert Square at this year’s inaugural Radio Times Festival.
The festival runs 24-27 September on The Green at Hampton Court Palace. Book your place right here.