Corrie's Dev Alahan rejected by Stella Price

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Coronation Street's Dev and Sunita Alahan

Dev and Sunita Alahan

Coronation Street's Dev Alahan plucks up the courage to ask stunning Stella Price to a ball, but his confidence is destroyed when she turns down his offer.

Coronation Street's Dev Alahan is to be rejected by Stella Price.

The shop owner - played by Jimmi Harkishin - is determined to show the former landlady (Michelle Collins) how much he likes her by inviting her to a ball, but his confidence is shattered into pieces when she turns him down.

Jimmi explained: "He finds her attractive and he has more confidence in himself now he's feeling more in shape. He plucks up the courage to ask her and he's really embarrassed when she turns him down. His confidence is knocked quite a bit at this point."

However, the stunning blonde changes her mind and the pair get on well at the event, which gives the widowed father false hope.

Jimmi said: "They get on really well and have a wonderful time. Dev's really pleased and thinks Stella might like him but I think she sees him as a friend."

Dev - who lost his wife Sunita Alahan, who was played by Shobna Gulati, last year - has struck up a friendship with his personal trainer Kal (Jimi Mistry) after bonding over the loss of their lovers.

Mistry told website Soap Squawk: "They bonded because they've both lost their partners and I think Dev likes the way Kal works. He can see that he'd be a good friend."

Meanwhile, Kal's father is set to grace the cobbles this year, but producer Stuart Blackburn is remaining tight-lipped on who will play the pensioner.

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