Comedy actor Paddy McGuinness is to have a guest role in Coronation Street and he will be giving Bear Grylls and Ray Mears a run for their money.
Paddy will star in six episodes of the top rated soap as wilderness survival enthusiast Dougie Ryan who meets up with the Tinkers and Dobbs on a camping holiday.
It isn’t long before Dougie is putting Kirk, Beth, Craig, Chesney, Sinead, Tyrone and Fiz through their paces with hilarious consequence, as he shames the boys with his expertise in all things outdoors.
Dougie will be on holiday with his teenage daughter Caitlin who strikes up an unlikely friendship with loveable Craig Tinker.
Take Me Out presenter Paddy, whose acting credits include Phoenix Nights, Max and Paddy and The Delivery Man, starts filming next month, the episodes will be filmed on location and will transmit in August.
Coronation Street Producer Stuart Blackburn said: “It’s an absolute delight to be working with Paddy who is a talented actor with a flair for comedy that will ensure he fits right in with the Corrie cast.”
Paddy McGuinness said: “Being asked to appear in Coronation Street was a very special moment for me. I remember Peter telling me how much he enjoyed his guest spot on the show and I can’t wait to get started. An iconic and much loved show not just in the UK but around the world. The character I’ll be playing is very funny and I’m sure the corrie fans will love him.”