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Paddy McGuinness takes up camping role in Coronation Street

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Take Me Out star Paddy McGuinness is to play a camping enthusiast in Coronation Street.

McGuinness will star in six episodes of the soap as wilderness survival enthusiast Dougie Ryan who meets up with the Tinkers and Dobbs on a camping holiday.

He puts Kirk, Beth and co through their paces with "hilarious" consequence, as he shames the boys with his expertise in all things outdoors.

McGuinness's character Dougie teams up with the two families when his teenage daughter Caitlin strikes up an unlikely friendship with gormless Craig.

The episodes will be filmed on location next month and shown in August.

McGuinness, whose acting credits include Phoenix Nights and Max and Paddy, said: “Being asked to appear in Coronation Street was a very special moment for me. The character I'll be playing is very funny and I'm sure the Corrie fans will love him.”

Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn said: “It's an absolute delight to be working with Paddy who is a talented actor with a flair for comedy that will ensure he fits right in with the Corrie cast.”

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