Show bosses teased that the character will "set tongues wagging and pulses racing" and is "likely to upset a few of the menfolk of Weatherfield."
He's been described as a "charming, roguish character who has a wandering eye", and is set to provide a love interest for some of the women on the cobbles.
Coronation Street Producer Stuart Blackburn said: "I'm thrilled to welcome Jimi to Coronation Street, with credits that include East is East, The Guru and Blood Diamond getting him on board is a real coup.
"Jimi's character is going to have a swift impact on the lives of many in Weatherfield."
The annoumcement comes alongside the news that both Beverley Callard and Bruno Langley will be heading back to the cobbles.