Claire King signs Coronation Street contract

Claire King has landed a permanent 'Coronation Street' contract after the success of her short Weatherfield stint as Erica Holroyd

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Claire King

Claire King has landed a permanent 'Coronation Street' contract.

The 52-year-old actress hit screens back in December when her character Erica Holroyd had an affair with Nick Tilsley, and it has now been revealed her return will not be fleeting, as she's been made a regular cast member.

A show insider said: "Claire has been absolutely brilliant and the bosses have been very impressed."

However, Erica, who recently returned to Weatherfield to drop the bombshell she is pregnant, is set to experience heartbreak in the coming weeks when she suffers a miscarriage.

Meanwhile, the insider said it was the former 'Emmerdale' and 'Bad Girls' actress' friendship with veteran 'Corrie' star Beverley Callard, who plays Liz McDonald, who helped her to get the role.

They said: "She's done a lot of scenes with Bev and the two get on wonderfully."

The news comes after stars Craig Charles (Lloyd Mullaney) and Alison King (Carla Connor) announced they are quitting the soap after several years on the cobbles.

The source told The Sun newspaper: "We've lost a few people recently, so a signing like this is great news."

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