Will Mellor worried about ‘getting stick’ for Coronation Street role as drug lord Harvey

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Will Mellor is set to join the cast of Coronation Street and will play a drug lord known as Harvey, in scenes to air this month. The role is the first “out and out baddie” for the former Hollyoaks star, who has admitted he is a little bit apprehensive about playing a villain.

Will is best known for playing James ‘Jambo’ Bolton in the Channel 4 show.

A role which he played from 1995 to 2004.

The 44-year-old actor also portrayed Gaz Wilkinson in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, alongside Ralf Little and Sheridan Smith.

Talking about his upcoming role, Will said that he wanted people to be “shocked” by his character.

“I do expect to get some stick and I was a little bit worried about it.

“People love Coronation Street and really believe in the characters, so I’ll probably get some language in the street,” he said during a chat with this week’s Radio Times.

“But I want people to be shocked. I’m giving it all I’ve got,” he went on to say.

When the news was confirmed by ITV last month, the actor said it was an “honour” to land the part.

He revealed that his mum was a huge fan of the show and it would make her dreams come true to see her son on the long-running programme.

“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.

“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,” he said.

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“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,” Will went on to say.

During his new interview, the actor said that the Corrie role was a “godsend,” and had arrived at the right to give the family a much-needed boost.

Last April, one month into the coronavirus lockdown, Will’s father died of cancer.

The former Casualty star said being apart from him during his final moments “absolutely crippled” him.

The father-of-two now wears his dad’s ring on his little finger so he is always with him.

He wore the jewellery on set so it would feel like they were “doing it together”.

Coronation Street continues tomorrow at 7.30pm on ITV.

Read the full interview in this week’s Radio Times – out now.

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