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Carla Barlow is set to get an unexpected Christmas present this festive season in the shape of a surprise family member.

Actor and comedian Jack Carroll has been cast as Bobby, the son of Carla’s brother Rob Donovan. Rob is serving life in prison for the murder of Tina McIntyre and was unaware he had a son until recently, but hadn’t managed to let Carla know.

Bobby turns up out of the blue just after Christmas having fallen out with his mum and looking for a place to stay.

A livewire chip off the old block, with the gift of the gab and an eye for the ladies, Bobby runs rings round his Aunty Carla and it soon becomes evident that he plans on sticking around.

Jack shot to fame at 14 when he was the runner up on the seventh series of Britain’s Got Talent in 2014. His stand up comedy routine was a hit with the judges and viewers alike and he went on to appear on Saturday Night at the London Palladium, Jason Manford’s Funny Old Week and Live At the Apollo as well as completing his first national live tour

Bradford born Jack is also an accomplished actor starring shortly after his BGT appearance in Ministry of Curious Stuff on CBBC, Trollied, Doctors and in 2019 he played the role of Pete in the feature film Eaten By Lions. Most recently he has written and starred in his own comedy short Mobility.

As he started filming this week, Jack said: “I’m delighted and honoured to be playing a part in the history of the cultural institution that is Coronation Street. I hope Bobby brings viewers a lot of laughs in the vein of some of the street’s classic comedy characters”.

Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1.

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