It looks as though things are about to heat up for Dee-Dee Bailey on Coronation Street, as she is set to meet a new love interest in next week's episodes.


The Sun has reported that Calum Lill, who is best known for his role as PC Carlton Smith in Hollyoaks, will be joining the Corrie cast as duty solicitor Joel Deering.

The publication states that Joel will first arrive in Weatherfield to help Lauren Bolton, but will then be seen getting close to Dee-Dee.

He is expected to be seen on screen from next week as part of the new storyline.

Calum Lill as PC Carlton Smith in Hollyoaks
Calum Lill as PC Carlton Smith in Hollyoaks. Lime Pictures

As well as appearing in multiple episodes of Hollyoaks, Lill has also been seen in Holby City and Doctors, as well as the short films I Can See Clearly Now, Sleep Warm and Heads or Tails.

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Channique Sterling-Brown has played Dee-Dee in Coronation Street since 2022. Soon after arriving, Dee-Dee and Alya Nazir joined forces to create a legal super-team, while a more recent storyline has seen her help Paul Foreman following his diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease.

When she first joined the soap, Sterling-Brown said of her character: "She's a bit of me! Dee-Dee's going to bring a lot of fun, a lot of chaos – but in a good way, hopefully!

"Dee-Dee is organised chaos, is how I describe her. She bursts into any room she's in, she's a big personality but she's really hard-working. She's a great lawyer, she knows what she's doing.

"And I just think I relate to her because I think I'm quite similar in that I'm really friendly, I'm really chatty, but when I'm in the zone, when I'm working hard: I'm there!"

Coronation Street airs weeknights on ITV1. Check out more of our Soaps coverage or visit our TV Guide and Streaming Guide to find out what's on.


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