Coronation Street fans could be in for a Surprise, Surprise – the soap’s bosses want to sign up Cilla Black.

Cilla has apparently been offered several big money deals to plays various long-term roles, according to reports in The Mirror.

Because of the exhausting filming schedule, Cilla has turned down these offers but is apparently keen to do a one-off cameo, following in the footsteps of pal Ian McKellen and Peter Kay.

The former Blind Date host said: “They have asked me to join the show. It’s not their first approach – they have asked me several times. I love Corrie, but I keep saying no.

“I couldn’t cope with all the hours they do, they work them like dogs. It’s really hard work.”

She added: “It would be nice to do a cameo, but even Ian McKellen worked long hours when he did it for a while.

“If the role was right, I would do a one-off thing.”

Cilla is keen to move into acting and has asked her friend Nigel Lythgoe to help her land a role.

She said: “I’d love to do more acting. A movie role would be wonderful, but I’d like to do something in TV too.”

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