Coronation Street LogoCoronation Street bosses have cast East is East star Jimi Mistry in a new role.

ITV.com reports that Mistry will play the role of Khalid, an ex-squaddie turned personal trainer and a friend of Gary Windass (Mikey North). Known as “Kal” for short, the newcomer will “set tongues wagging and pulses racing” when he arrives on the cobbles later this year.

Producer Stuart Blackburn told ITV.com: “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.”

Although no storyline details have been revealed, Kal is said to be “charming” and “roguish” with a wandering eye, which may not go down well with the menfolk of Weatherfield.

The actor will start filming in September making his first appearance on screen in November.

In the late 1990s, Mistry was a well known face to soap fans starring as Walford GP Fred Fonseca in EastEnders from 1998 until 2000.

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