Brookside star to join Coronation Street for upcoming George storyline

Simon O’Brien, who played Damon Grant in Brookside, will be joining the Coronation street cast in a new role.

The actor will play Frank Bardsley, a new love interest for Sean Tully, played by Antony Cotton.

And while he will be welcomed onto the street, it will soon transpire that Frank knows George Shuttleworth, played by Tony Maudsley, who appears spooked by the sight of him.

A source from Coronation Street told Digital Spy: "While Sean is smitten, there may be more to Frank than meets the eye.

"Frank went to school with local undertaker George Shuttleworth, who knows details about his past and is wary of him. Is Frank the same guy that George knew all those years ago, or has he changed his ways?"

Tweeting a picture of Brian on Thursday May 5, a tweet from the official Corrie account read: "Welcome, the newest member of the team, Frank Bardsley, played by Simon O'Brien! Could love be in the air for a lucky someone on The Street?"

The post has come as a surprise to fans of the ITV soap who are already remembering Simon for his past TV work. @hughesjg tweeted: "My goodness! Right then, a call to the wonderful Gillian Kearney next, please. Let's reunite 'Damon and Debbie'. #Brookside #Corrie."

"Oh my lord I was quite taken with ‘Damon’ back In the day," @1melhemmings commented ad @Auntygoya replied: "Fantastic!! Damien lives on."

@hilssinger wrote: "Damon!!!!!!! Brookside was my favourite!!!" while @HarteElisabeth replied: "Aw bless Simes. He’ll always be Damon to me."

Simon featured on Brookside as the popular character of Damon Grant s inception in 1982 until 1987.

Damon was introduced as the youngest son of Bobby and Sheila Grant.

The character embarked on a romance with teenager Debbie McGrath (played by Gillian Kearney, who went on to play Emmerdale’s Emma Barton.

The couple were widely disapproved of, and as they fled the Close, this culminated in a spin-off series called Damon and Debbie.

At the end of this series, Damon was ultimately killed off at the request of the actor, with Damon’s funeral watched by 7 million viewers.

Since leaving Brookside, Simon has become a TV presenter, hosting The Great House Giveaway.

He also acted in the British version of Fraggle Rock, co-presented BBC One show To Buy or Not to Buy, as well as played caretaker Wally Scott in Grange Hill from 2003.

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