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Exclusive: Corrie casts new lover for Liz McDonald

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Corrie casts new lover for Liz McDonald
Coronation Street producer Kim Crowther has unveiled the casting of Liz McDonald's new lover.

Actor Ian Puleston-Davies will take on the role of Owen, the father of Weatherfield's first regular disabled character Izzy - played by disabled actress Cherylee Houston.

Shortly after arriving on the Street, he takes a keen eye to Liz (Beverley Callard) and the pair embark on an unlikely relationship which is marred by Becky's presence in The Rovers.

Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, Crowther said: "We've a wonderful actor coming into the show who I've got really high hopes for. I've been trying to get on board for a while and we've created the character for him.

"Ian Puleston-Davies will play a character called Owen. He'll arrive in the show as a father to new girl Izzy who starts working in the factory and we find he's got another daughter as well."

She continued: "Owen's a single dad and he's been a bit controlling, having struggled to bring up these two girls on their own. He starts a relationship with Liz and we find that the one person he doesn't really get on with is Becky.

"Becky reminds him of his previous wife who left him high and dry when he had the girls to look after. So when he starts going out with Liz, there's immediate tension within the McDonald family. He'll live on the Street further down the line too."

Puleston-Davies begins filming at Manchester's Granada Studios over the next few weeks and will first appear on screen in May. His screen daughter Izzy arrives on the Cobbles in April.

The casting of Owen's other daughter has yet to be confirmed.

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