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Gray O'Brien extends Corrie contract

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Gray O'Brien extends Corrie contract
Coronation Street villain Gray O'Brien has extended his contract with the show.

Producers had originally planned for the 40-year-old's character - evil knicker factory boss Tony Gordon - to be written out of the Weatherfield soap before the end of the year but a change in storylines will now see him return for a final stint on the cobbles.

Having already agreed to play evil uncle Abanazar in panto Aladdin at the Opera House in Manchester, O'Brien met with show bosses who had asked him to stay on beyond his original exit date.

Following several meetings, producers agreed for him to take a short break during panto season, before returning to film at Corrie in the New Year.

A spokesperson confirmed: "Gray had been due to leave Corrie later this year, and so had arranged the role in panto. But scriptwriters went back to Gray to ask him to extend his contract as they have come up with another exciting storyline for his character."

They added: "So theatre-goers will get to see him being even more villainous in panto than he is in Corrie, if that's possible!" Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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