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Claire King / Coronation Street

Claire King is joining the cast of Coronation Street, when she hits the cobbles as feisty Erica she looks set to ruffle a few feathers...

Corrie’s Nick Tilsley is in for a treat this Christmas when a sexy newcomer to the street sets her sights on him.

Barmaid Erica, played by Bad Girls and Emmerdale actress Claire King, arrives in Weatherfield in December to catch up with her mate Liz McDonald.

The pair met in Spain when Erica landed a job at Liz’s bar, so when she arrives back in England Erica seeks Liz out.

And she wastes no time in seducing unlucky in love businessman Nick, played by Ben Price, and putting a spring back in his step after a disastrous 12 months which saw him suffer a severe brain injury and split from wife Leanne.

Claire starts filming next month and will be on screen for a few weeks in December before Erica jets back off to Spain at the end of the year - leaving Nick wondering exactly what hit him!

Producer Stuart Blackburn said:

“Erica is a woman who lives life to the full, Nick doesn’t stand a chance once she has set her sights on him, but he’s not complaining!

“We are delighted to have Claire on board to play Erica, she is a fabulous actress who will be a great addition to the cast.”

Claire King said:

“I am beyond thrilled to be joining the cast of Coronation Street playing the funny and feisty Erica who looks certain to ruffle a few feathers once her high heels hit those world famous cobbles!

"A stint in Corrie is one of those ticks on most actor's bucket list of jobs you dream of doing, so I can’t wait to start filming in a few weeks time!"

Picture credit Nicky Johnston.