Sunderland actress Melanie Hill is enjoying her first week of filming on the cobbles, having joined the cast of Coronation Street as a new friend for one of the soap’s best-loved characters, Roy Cropper.
Melanie has been cast as Cathy Matthews, the owner of the allotment next to the plot Roy shares with neighbour, Sharif Nazir.
Roy and Cathy strike up a friendship through their love of the allotment, and he soon discovers she is getting over the death of her husband.
Fans of Corrie will doubtless be happy to hear there’s some happiness on the cards for Roy, who lost his wife Hayley last year during a high profile storyline, which resulted in Hayley ending her own life in her husband’s arms following a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
Melanie is best known for her roles in Playing the Field, Waterloo Road and the sitcom Bread. More recently she appeared in Cilla playing the scouse singer’s mum ‘Big Cilla’.
Coronation Street producer, Stuart Blackburn said: “We are delighted that Melanie Hill has agreed to join us and take on the role. Familiar I’m sure to our audience, Melanie is an incredible actress who I know will soon propel Cathy to the heart of Coronation Street.
“Recently widowed, Cathy is an engaging yet sometimes chaotic woman. Though her indecision can drive her friends mad, behind the vulnerable front is a woman who truly does have a heart of gold.”
“Gentle, kind and intelligent she has more to offer than she knows and in Roy she’ll find a friend who will ultimately bring out the best in her.”
Melanie added: “I’m chuffed to bits to be joining the cast of my favourite soap. I and my family grew up watching it and to actually be working on it is a dream come true. “