John Thomson has revealed his new feathered co-star on Coronation Street likes to steal everyone else’s lines.

The former Cold Feet actor laughed: “I thought we’d have to teach it its lines but it directly mimics all the actors and the assistant director.

“He has actually mimicked to perfection, the First Assistant Director when he says ‘from the top’ and the parrot says it exactly on cue.”

John added: “I wouldn’t be surprised if next week I arrived at work and the parrot had been given a job directing the show.”

John the bird, owned by John’s character Jesse Chadwick, will be the latest addition to the Grimshaw family when he moves in with Eileen.

“He just picks up what the actors say,” owner Sarah Purdy of Animal Enterprises told ITV.com. “They were rehearsing their scripts and he picked it up and said what the actors were supposed to say. The cast and crew have been in hysterics at him.”

The blue-and-yellow bird – who is known as Charlie in the real world – makes his Weatherfield debut from the end of August.

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