Will Mellor joins Coronation Street as a ruthless drug lord

Jen Crothers
·2-min read

From Good Housekeeping

Actor Will Mellor has been confirmed as Coronation Street's latest baddie - he'll be playing an evil drug lord called Harvey.

The star, who's appeared in everything from Two Pints of Lager And A Packet of Crisps to Line of Duty, says he's thrilled to be joining the iconic soap - as is his mum.

Photo credit: Joseph Scanlon
Photo credit: Joseph Scanlon

He'll walk onto the cobbles next month (March) when his path crosses with Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson), who's embroiled in a heartbreaking battle to save her son Simon from his drug dependency after losing her other child Oliver to mitochondrial disease.

Ruthless Harvey has no intention of letting either of them out of his grasp.

"I’m honoured to be asked to come into Coronation Street, it’s such an iconic show and has been a huge part of my family life," explains Will. "When I started acting 32 years ago it was my mum’s dream for me to be in Corrie so I’m happy to finally be able to make it come true. It’s a Manchester institution and as a Manchester actor this is definitely a box ticked.

Photo credit: Joseph Scanlon
Photo credit: Joseph Scanlon

"Harvey is the first out and out baddie I’ve ever played. It’s a very different type of role for me so I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into the character and making some waves.”

Coronation Street producer Iain MacLeod adds: "I am so excited to welcome Will into our world. He is a fantastic actor who has thrown himself heart and soul into making his character as terrifyingly real as possible. He will have a massive impact on our characters’ lives, from the moment he swaggers menacingly onto the screen."
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Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.

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