North-east comedian Vic Reeves is said to be “made up” at having landed a small part in long-running soap Coronation Street.
It turns out that Vic, 58, is a lifelong fan of the Manchester-based soap opera.
The Sun newspaper has revealed that Vic will play a shopkeeper in a short run of episodes.
A source told The Sun: “Vic’s over the moon. It’s his favourite show and it’s always been his dream to act in it one day.”
“He’s made up and can’t wait to get stuck in.”
“He always said he would prefer not to do a cameo role playing himself so to get an actual part is just amazing.”
Vic has said in the past that he would like to take on the role of the long-lost son of newsagent Norris Cole. He even tried to persuade TV bosses to create the part for him back in 2015, but nothing came of it then.
Vic Reeves said, “I have watched Corrie since I was little and have never missed an episode. For me, it’s the greatest TV.”
“I would love to be on Corrie. It would make my life complete.”
Other celebrities who have appeared in Coronation Street include Lord of the Rings actor Ian McKellen, comedian Peter Kay, singer Cliff Richard, business mogul Richard Branson and rock band Status Quo.
Even Prince Charles has graced Weatherfield’s cobbles – he appeared in a live 40th anniversary edition of the soap in 2000.
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Vic Reeves started out on the London alternative comedy circuit in the 1980s, where he billed himself as ‘Vic Reeves – The North East’s Top Light Entertainer’.
After teaming up with Middlesbrough-born Bob Mortimer, Reeves broke into TV, finding success on programmes such as Vic Reeves’ Big Night Out, The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars, and Bang Bang, It’s Reeves and Mortimer.
It was recently announced that Big Night Out will be returning to our screens for a one-off special later this year.
(Featured image courtesy of Hannah Pike, from Flickr Creative Commons)