Coronation Street has revealed a brand new family who will be arriving on the famous Corrie cobbles.
The Bailey family will walk into Weatherfield in Spring, first appearing on our screens from early June as they move into No.3, having bought the house from Norris.
The family is made up of Dad Edison (Trevor Michael Georges), known as Ed, and Mum Aggie (Lorna Laidlaw), both in their 50s, and their two sons Michael (Ryan Russell) and James (Nathan Graham).
ITV describe dad Edison as a "no nonsense" former property developer who "loves a pint, banter, and is always up for a laugh."
Aggie is "friendly, fun and outrageous in equal measures" while their oldest son Michael is "full of big ideas and get-rich-quick schemes" and James is a "talented footballer already playing for Weatherfield County"
The Bailey family soon make themselves at home in Weatherfield and while initially they may rub a few people up the wrong way they’re soon firm favourites in the community.
Producer Iain MacLeod said: “I am really excited to introduce this new family - the audience is going to love them! They’re funny, warm and will pull together through thick and thin as we play out the stories we’ve got lined up for them.”
“Parents Edison and Aggie are soulmates who, underneath the banter, will stick up for each other and defend their boys when the going gets tough. Eldest son Michael is an exuberant, loveable dreamer with a huge heart and is the glue that holds the family together.
"James is Michael’s younger brother and best mate, who is a sensitive lad with a secret that he fears will throw his family into turmoil and impact on his career.”
“The four actors we’ve cast are all individually brilliant but together they have a truly incredible chemistry. I can’t wait for them to hit the screen!”
Trevor Michael Georges (Edison) said: “I have never allowed myself to imagine being part of such a massive icon in television history. I grew up with Ena Sharples, Stan and Hilda Ogden and Elsie Tanner.
"As did my family, my neighbourhood and the entire country. To look at a script where Edison Bailey (my character) is chatting away with Ken Barlow couldn't be any more humbling...and a bit scary.”
Lorna Laidlaw (Aggie) added: “I am absolutely thrilled to be joining this iconic show. I have grown up watching Coronation Street. It’s the meat and two veg of the nation's soap diet. A staple, that has been apart of my family for more years than I care to remember. I've got my knife and fork at the ready...lets tuck in!”
Ryan Russell (Michael) said: "It's an absolute pleasure to join the team at Coronation Street! It's truly a blessing and a privilege to join such an iconic show. I'm really looking forward to the challenge of exploring Michael and working with the rest of the cast!"
Nathan Graham (James) commented: “I’m so grateful for this opportunity to join Coronation Street and be a part of this show. I’m thrilled to be a member of the Bailey family and excited to explore the difficulties James may face along the way.”
Coronation Street airs on ITV.