John Thomson is to join the cast of Coronation Street permanently.

The Cold Feet actor – who appeared in three episodes of the ITV1 soap before Christmas – returns to Weatherfield in the spring, according to reports in The Sun.

John, who played electrician-turned-children’s entertainer Jesse Chadwick, joked: “I knew I was coming back this time because they gave me a surname!”

John character will soon get involved with Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver), before moving in with Peter Barlow (Chris Gasgoyne).

A source told the paper: “Producers went the extra mile to get him. He’s worked with Chris and Sue before and the chemistry between them was perfect.”

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