Coronation Street has introduced its first black family, the Baileys, to the hit ITV soap.
The foursome – consisting of dad Edison, mum Aggie and sons Michael and James -are set to make their grand arrival to the cobbles this spring, buying Norris Cole’s house.
Introduced by producer Iain MacLeod, the newest residents of the famous street will soon make their mark, but it shortly becomes clear that one of them is hiding a big secret.
New arrivals: Coronation Street has introduced its first black family, the Baileys, to the hit ITV soap
The family is led by dad Edison, known as Ed, played by Trevor Michael Georges, who has bought Jason Grimshaw’s builders yard with his eldest son.
Ed is a no nonsense kind of guy but is full of banter and loves a pint, so viewers will no doubt see him propping up the bar in the Rovers Return in the near future.
His wife Aggie, played by Lorna Laidlaw, is a pharmacy assistant is who fun, outrageous and friendly in equal measures.
Father of the family: The family is led by dad Edison, known as Ed, (played by Trevor Michael Georges), who has bought Jason Grimshaw’s builders yard with his eldest son
However, despite getting on the nerves of her husband, it’s clear to see the two are deeply in love.
Meanwhile, older son Michael, played by Ryan Russell, works with his dad but is the apple of his mum’s eye.
The happy-go-lucky lad is always on the lookout for his latest get-quick-rich scheme and is full of optimism, it’s just a shame that his love life hasn’t quite worked out.
Finally there’s brooding teenage son James, he’s quiet and shy, but just so happens to be a talented footballer playing for Weatherfield County.
The 19-year-old is Edison’s pride and joy and has his big brother watching out for him – but he’s hiding a big secret from his beloved family, will he find the courage to reveal to them and his team mates that he’s gay?
Mum’s the word: His wife Aggie, played by Lorna Laidlaw is a pharmacy assistant is who fun, outrageous and friendly in equal measures
Speaking about the new family, producer Iain enthused: ‘I am really excited to introduce this new family – the audience is going to love them! They’re funny, warm and will pull together through thick and thin as we play out the stories we’ve got lined up for them.
‘Parents Edison and Aggie are soulmates who, underneath the banter, will stick up for each other and defend their boys when the going gets tough. Eldest son Michael is an exuberant, loveable dreamer with a huge heart and is the glue that holds the family together. James is Michael’s younger brother and best mate, who is a sensitive lad with a secret that he fears will throw his family into turmoil and impact on his career.’
He added: ‘The four actors we’ve cast are all individually brilliant but together they have a truly incredible chemistry. I can’t wait for them to hit the screen!’
Cheeky chappy: Happy-go-lucky lad, Michael, is always on the lookout for his latest get-quick-rich scheme and is full of optimism, it’s just a shame that his love life hasn’t quite worked out
Edison actor Trevor, who has appeared in Holby City, said of getting the part: ‘I have never allowed myself to imagine being part of such a massive icon in television history. I grew up with Ena Sharples, Stan and Hilda Ogden and Elsie Tanner. As did my family, my neighbourhood and the entire country.
‘To look at a script where Edison Bailey (my character) is chatting away with Ken Barlow couldn’t be any more humbling… and a bit scary.’
While Lorna, best known for playing Mrs Tembe in Doctors, said: ‘I am absolutely thrilled to be joining this iconic show. I have grown up watching Coronation Street.
‘It’s the meat and two veg of the nation’s soap diet. A staple, that has been apart of my family for more years than I care to remember. I’ve got my knife and fork at the ready… let’s tuck in!’
Golden boy: James, 19, is Edison’s pride and joy and has his big brother watching out for him – but he’s hiding a big secret from his beloved family
Actor Ryan, who is swapping his job as a presenter on CBeebies to play Michael, shared: ‘It’s an absolute pleasure to join the team at Coronation Street! It’s truly a blessing and a privilege to join such an iconic show.
‘I’m really looking forward to the challenge of exploring Michael and working with the rest of the cast!’
While James star Nathan, whose had West End roles, added: ‘I’m so grateful for this opportunity to join Coronation Street and be a part of this show.
‘I’m thrilled to be a member of the Bailey family and excited to explore the difficulties James may face along the way.’