EX-Peaky Blinders star Jamie Kenna has joined the cast of Coronation Street as Fiz Stape’s new love interest.
The actor will make his cobbles debut this week as Phil Whittaker as he sweeps Fiz (Jennie McAlpine) off her feet.
Who is Corrie newcomer Jamie Kenna?
Jamie is best known for playing Big Marc in football hooligan drama Green Street.
The 47-year-old actor has also starred in dystopian drama Children of Men, Peaky Blinders and even EastEnders.
He also appears as Little John in Robin Hood: The Rebellion in 2018.
Who is Jamie Keena going to play in Corrie?
Jamie is set to play a new love interest for Fiz Brown as he swaps Green Street for Coronation Street.
Fiz is keen to find love after Tyrone dumped her for younger model Alina Pop, who’s 15 years younger than him.
Jamie shared the news this week, telling his followers on social media: “ANNOUNCEMENT!!!! I can finally….FINALLY tell you all my amazing news! As of 16th July I will be appearing regularly as Phil Whittaker in the national institution that is @coronationstreet.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be joining the cast. Especially the brilliant @jenniemcalpine & @alanhalsall.”
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What is Jamie Kenna’s arrival storyline in Corrie?
Jamie Keena will make his first appearance as Phil this week after Fiz’s first date doesn’t exactly go to plan.
Beth and Sean convince Fiz to sign up to a dating website, but she’s stunned when Chris turns out to be an undercover reporter hoping to run a story on women who’ve been ditched for younger models.
Tyrone is fuming when he sees the article and storms round to confront Fiz at the furniture shop.
Amid the chaos, a customer – Phil – delights Fiz when he asks her out for a drink.
Spoilers have revealed that Phil and Fiz’s romance will spark jealousy in Tyrone, who ends up lashing out at Phil next week during his second date with Fiz.
Speaking about the scenes and Tyrone’s jealousy, actor Alan Halsall – who plays him – revealed: “He doesn’t take it well that Fiz is moving on – the green-eyed monster is there – and he makes a drunken fool of himself!
“It gets to him, he’s not really sure why, but he can’t help himself from making some snide comments.
“He thought he’d seen this exciting new life and now that Alina is pregnant it’s not what he imagined. Fiz is moving on and it’s a real eye-opener for him,” he continued.
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