Will Mellor, a former Hollyoaks actor, is apparently planning to reprise his role as Harvey Gaskell on Coronation Street after it was revealed he will be competing on this season of Strictly Come Dancing.
With the new Strictly star admitting his newfound endeavor is “a little out of my comfort zone,” the actor was introduced as the first contender from the new season of the ballroom dance competition.
Will also shared a touching reason for joining the show, stating that the impending death of his father in 2020 has inspired him to “grasp life and make new memories.”
The 46-year-old actor co-starred as Gaz with Sheridan Smith in the classic sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps from the 2000s. He has also been in Line of Duty and Broadchurch.
He also appeared on the cobblestones as drug kingpin Harvey, who Metro describes as a “out-and-out baddie” who now is likely to make another appearance in a future plot.
Future episodes of the ITV soap opera are expected to make reference to Will’s return, who is reportedly filming top-secret scenes.
Will’s character decapitated Sam’s mother Natasha and turned Amy’s boyfriend Jacob into a county lines drug gang during his stay in Weatherfield, despite the fact that he only entered the soap opera in March of last year.
When his participation in the 20th season of Strictly Come Dancing was revealed, Will said: “Sincerely, I’m overjoyed to be competing on Strictly Come Dancing this year!
“I won’t lie; it will be completely outside of my comfort zone and a major challenge, but that’s what life is all about.
“I lost my father in 2020, and ever since then, all I’ve wanted to do is seize life by the horns and start making new experiences. My perspective has changed, which is why [I signed up for Strictly].”
“I’m doing this for my mother as well because she loves this program and has had a difficult few years. Go for it! “.
One fan wrote on Twitter in response to the announcement of Will’s imminent Strictly appearance: “Will Mellor on Strictly makes a lot of sense – game for a laugh, willing to get kit off for flimsiest narrative reasons and demographic targeting of the 90s youngsters.”
“I absolutely adore Will Mellor! Exciting,” a second participant said, and a third joked, “Rather like Will Mellor. I was old enough to recall liking him when he was on Hollyoaks.”