Chris Fountain, who plays new boy Tommy Duckworth in Coronation Street, says his girlfriend hates his flirtatious scenes with Michelle Keegan.

Tommy will have a romance with barmaid Tina McIntyre, played by Michelle. This has worried Chris’s girlfriend, Jessica Derrick, especially after he admitted to New magazine: “I can’t lie, Michelle Keegan is a great-looking girl.”

When asked how Jessica, 21, felt about him landing the part he said: “Really happy. I just don’t think she’s very happy about Michelle Keegan.

“I think it’ll be all right – she trusts me enough. Obviously she was a little bit put out when she found out I was going to be working with Michelle a lot – as any girl in the country would be!”

Former Dancing On Ice finalist Chris met Jessica in Marbella last summer and they’ve been together ever since.

However, despite moving to Manchester, Chris sounds devoted to Jessica, a dancer based in London.

“It’s so nice, I just feel so happy and settled,” he said.

“It’s not something I’ve ever felt before. I never thought I’d say that I want to settle down with someone at 23, but I’m quite happy to say that now.”

“Being up in Manchester is hard. We’re making it work, though. We’re spending a lot of time talking on Skype and I’m up and down the motorway most weekends.”