Paddy McGuinness nervous to meet William Roache

Paddy McGuinness has admitted he almost called William Roache by his character's name, Ken, when he saw him on the set of 'Coronation Street'

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Paddy McGuinness was totally star-struck by William Roache on the set of 'Coronation Street'.

The 41-year-old comedian - who will be appearing on the ITV soap as Dougie Ryan from August - has revealed he had to refrain from calling the 83-year-old soap veteran by his character's name Ken Barlow, as that's how he thinks of the actor who has portrayed Ken since the very first episode of the soap in 1960.

Paddy said: "You're walking around and all of a sudden Ken Barlow walks around the corner.

"Obviously it's William Roache but you know so much of that character that I have to be careful in case I call him Ken."

The 'Take Me Out' presenter's character will be playing survival expert Dougie for just six episodes, and will clash with Tyrone Dobbs and Kirk Sutherland - played by Alan Halsall and Andrew Whyment - when they go on a camping trip with their other halves.

Paddy previously said: "Tyrone's trying to build a tent so Dougie takes over, Tyrone tries to build a fire and Dougie takes over that so what slowly happens is the girls start fancying Dougie and think he's fantastic, but the lads hate him.

"He's a really, really funny character. 'Coronation Street' has always had a rich vein of comedy running through it."

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