Corrie fans will recognise Dee-Dees love interest Joel from rival soap role

Soap fans are set to rejoice next week as a familiar face becomes the new love interest of Coronation Street's Dee-Dee Bailey.

Dee-Dee, played by Channique Sterling-Brown, will hook up with Weatherfield's latest arrival Joel Deering, played by actor Calum Lill.

But it's not a soap debut for Calum, who arrived as duty solicitor Joel last week, as he previously appeared on rival soap Hollyoaks.

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Calum played PC Carlton Smith, a friend of George Kiss, on the Channel 4 soap from March until July 2021, and also appeared in Doctors and Holby City.

e first arrived on the cobbles to help Lauren Bolton, but soon his head will turn as he gets close to Dee-Dee in a gripping new storyline.

A source told The Sun: "Calum's been filming for a few weeks and his character couldn’t be more different from PC Smith on Hollyoaks.

"He’ll be on screen next week as part of Dee-Dee’s new storyline."

Speaking on his Instagram account last week, Calum declared: "Secret’s out, I’ve joined the Cobbles."

It prompted one excited fan to reposnd: "Congrats calum!! this is amazing, something you always dreamed of and spoke about, proud of ya lad."

Another enthused: "Omg well done!! I can’t wait to see your talent on my screen."

And a third raved: "Omg! This is insane, congrats Calum!"

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Joel's romance with Dee-Dee is sure to excite viewers and bring out the best of the latter's bubbly personality.

On joining Corrie last year, excited Channique said of her character to Radio Times: "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!"

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