Chris Fountain joins Coronation Street
Former 'Hollyoaks' actor Chris Fountain has joined the cast of 'Coronation Street', taking on the role of Tommy Duckworth.
Chris Fountain has joined the cast of 'Coronation Street'.
The former 'Hollyoaks' star - best known for playing badboy Justin Burton in the Channel 4 soap between 2003 and 2009 - will arrive in Weatherfield next March as Tommy Duckworth, the grandson of the late Jack and Vera Duckworth and son of their wayward offspring Terry.
Chris admitted he was delighted to be joining such an iconic family.
He said: "I'm delighted to be joining 'Coronation Street', especially as I'm playing a Duckworth. I'm looking forward to upholding one of the most celebrated names in soap. I can't wait to start filming in the New Year."
The former 'Dancing On Ice' star's character - who doesn't know Jack has died until he arrives on the cobbles - is described as having an eye for the ladies and settles in well thanks to his "quick wit and easy charm".
The programme's producer Phil Collinson said: "I have long admired Chris, right back to his first appearance on our screens as a young boy in Red Production Company's 'Bob and Rose'. He has the perfect balance of looks and charm and will, I am sure, create a brilliant successor to Jack. The ladies of Weatherfield had better watch out!"
Chris is the third actor to portray the character - who was last seen on screen over 10 years ago - following in the footsteps of Darryl Edwards and Joseph Aston.