Coronation Street to introduce Chinese resident

ITV1 soap 'Coronation Street' will introduce a new Chinese resident next month, and bosses hope this will lead to an entire Chinese family moving in to the street

Michelle Keegan

Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan

'Coronation Street' is set to introduce a Chinese character next month.

The ITV1 soap - whose only previous Chinese cast member was chip shop owner Mr. Wong in 2005 - has reportedly made the new addition of waitress Xin in order to increase its appeal to multi-cultural audiences.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Manchester has a big Chinatown and it's a crime that Corrie bosses have ignored it for so long. They hope Xin becomes a big character and that a whole family can be introduced."

The new Weatherfield resident - who will work at Chinese restaurant The Royal Panda - is set to move in with friend Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) and her boyfriend Graeme Proctor (Craig Gazey), and quickly becomes a hit with street regulars after recognising them because of their orders.

She tells cafe owner Roy Cropper (David Neilson): "I know you . you're sweet and sour chicken, fried rice and prawn crackers."

The actress who will play 19-year-old college graduate Xin has not yet been announced.


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