Coronation Street bosses have launched a nationwide search to find a disabled actor to take on a new starring role.
Casting directors are to hold auditions in London, Glasgow and Manchester to find the right man to play new character Howie, who is described as a ‘cheeky chappy’.
They are looking to audition actors with any form of “visible disability” for the role, aged in his 40s.
A Corrie spokeswoman said: “Howie is a new disabled character that is being written into storylines starting on screen in the Autumn.
“He will be connected to a current cast member, although that’s all we can say at this stage.”
The new character is believed to have been written in to storylines to increase diversity on the cobbles of Weatherfield, and to give opportunities to actors with disabilities.
The soap currently features storylines involving wheelchair-bound Izzy Armstrong, played by actress Cherylee Houston, who has rare tissue disorder Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. When she joined in 2010 she made history as the show’s first disabled actress.
— Manchester Evening News