Corrie newbie Tony stars surprise TV past as actor starred in two other soaps

Coronation Street's Tony is already causing havoc for the residents of Weatherfield after he landed on the ITV cobbles last month.

Played by Sean Cernow, former plumber Tony has already made a name for himself after bunking up with former pal Ed Bailey. Now, he is set to take on a much darker role, as Tony threatens Ed in this week's episodes over an unpaid debt Ed to Tony.

Tony only becomes more agitated when Ed is seen happily splashing the cash with the family at Christmas, which finally sends Tony over the edge. But with Ed cottoning on to Tony's vindictive side, can he make it out of Weatherfield away from danger?

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Things are only set to spiral further as the pair go from friends to enemies sharpish, as Tony tightens his grip on Ed in the run-up on an important episode on Christmas Day. But as Tony begins to cause trouble on the cobbles, fans of the show may have recognised his face before.

Cernow, from Oldham, has an illustrious career in recent months, starring in some of the biggest TV series. From the BBC 's newest adaptation of Great Expectations to Netflix hit The Witcher to HBO's Game of Thrones spin-off House of the Dragon, 46-year-old Sean has already become a household name, appearing in numerous hit programmes.

But as well as this, eagle-eyed viewers of the ITV soap may have seen him on the street more than once before, as Sean had landed two smaller roles on the soap in previous years. He first appeared on the Manchester-based soap back in 2008, where he played an unnamed drug dealer.

Ten years later, he returned to the show to play a new character. Taking on the role of Phil Warriner, Sean leaned into his bad guy side, as Phil terrorised the lives of lesbian couple Kate Connor and Rana Habeeb.

But it is not just Corrie where soap fans may have spotted Sean before. In 2021, he also popped up in Emmerdale, playing another drug dealing troublemaker Karl Matthewson.

Speaking about landing his most major soap role, Sean said he was thrilled to be a part of a new major plot point for the soap. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, he explained that there might be some more twists and turns for both Tony and Ed.

"I hope people are really going to like Tony, he's dead sweet and lovely," he said. "He has a past though and is an old friend of Ed's.

"At first he thinks 'brilliant, Ed is helping me to get over the past', but what he doesn't realise is that the saint could actually be the sinner." Sean added that he always ends up playing a bad guy, but left it up to viewers whether Tony will follow the trend.

Coronation Street airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8pm on ITV1 and ITVX.

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