SUNDERLAND actress Melanie Hill is set to hit the cobbles after landing a part in ITV soap opera Coronation Street.
The passionate Sunderland AFC supporter, who is best known for her roles in Playing the Field, Waterloo Road and the sitcom Bread, recently appeared in Cilla playing the scouse singer’s mum ‘Big Cilla’.
Melanie, who has also appeared in political sitcom The Thick of It, said: “I’m chuffed to bits to be joining the cast of my favourite soap.
“I and my family grew up watching it and to actually be working on it is a dream come true.”
Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn said: “We are delighted that Melanie Hill has agreed to join us and take on the role.
“Familiar I’m sure to our audience, Melanie is an incredible actress who I know will soon propel Cathy to the heart of Coronation Street.
“Recently widowed, Cathy is an engaging yet sometimes chaotic woman.
“Though her indecision can drive her friends mad, behind the vulnerable front is a woman who truly does have a heart of gold.”