The grandson of late Corrie star Bill Tarmey set to follow in his granddad steps by appearing in the Rovers Return. Matt Piddington will play a customer in the pub next month as part of a bid to break into actin, something he promised Bill he would do.
Bill, who had played Jack Duckworth for over 30 years, passed away in November last year and Matt told the Sunday Mirror that his Grandad would approve: "It would have been great if me and Grandad could have been in the Rovers at the same time but I know he was looking down from heaven smiling. I could feel he was with me saying, 'Go on lad I am so proud of you'. I had nerves but they felt like good nerves. I ¬remembered all Grandad's ¬advice, like, 'Less is more' and, 'It's all in the eyes'. Antony [Cotton] came over and said, 'I know you, you're Bill Tarmey's grandson'. He wished me luck and said he hoped to see me back in the Rovers full time."
Matt was given the role after Allan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs and was very close to Bill, got him in contact with an agent. He has parts in Scott & Bailey and Hollyoaks lined up as well.