Coronation Street star Peter Ash reveals new mega-deal as soap lines up explosive plots for former jailbird Paul Foreman

CORONATION Street star Peter Ash has signed up to another year on the ITV soap playing ex jailbird Paul Foreman.

The 36-year-old has starred as the unlucky in love Paul since 2018 and was embroiled one of the soap's biggest storylines this year.

He's been having a tough time of late.

Paul was arrested after he was framed for a robbery committed by Todd Grimshaw.

Todd had schemed in a bid to break up Billy Mayhew and Paul, and once successful, he quickly won back Billy’s affection.

Since then he hasn't been seen much on screen but the actor celebrated online last night after putting pen to paper on his new contract.

Peter said: "Just signed on for another year on the best Street around! Very excited! Here's to another 12 months of Apollo Foreman!😁"

Corrie fans were delighted by the news and shared congratulatary messages.

One said: "Congratulations! Hope Paul & Billy get back together, get married & can be a proper family with Summer! All deserve some happiness"

Another replied: "Great news!! Hopefully you’ll be causing mischief on the cobbles for many years to come."

"Yayyy!! Fantastic, get to see more of Paul," a third commented.

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Peter recently confirmed he'd like to see Paul find a new love interest, rather than reuniting with Billy (Daniel Brocklebank).

He told Digital Spy: "I do really enjoy playing all the drama of the love triangle. I love working with Dan but I think Paul needs to find someone new now.

"It's a bit too little too late from Billy and I think the damage has been done in their relationship with such a huge breach of trust. But who knows in soap? I'm just looking forward to seeing what's next for Paul."

It comes amid shock for Corrie fans who will soon wave goodbye to Cobbles legend Malcolm Hedben.

Ken Barlow and Rita Tanner are going to be left devastated when they're given the news that Norris Cole has died next week in Coronation Street.

Norris, who is most known for his love of gossip and working at The Kabin, made his first appearance on the Cobbles back in 1994.

Over the years he formed a close bond with Rita Tanner (Barbara Knox) and Emily Bishop (Eileen Derbyshire), but also tied the knot with Mary Taylor (Patti Clare) in 2017.

A year later he filed for a divorce so that he could tie the knot with Emily's niece Freda Burgess (Ali Briggs) and the pair have been living in Stillwaters retirement home ever since.

Rita is left worried when Freda calls her to tell her that he's in hospital after falling to the floor and that doctors think that a stroke caused it.

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