The Baileys consist of Edison (Trevor Michael Georges) and Aggie (Lorna Laidlaw), alongside their sons Michael (Ryan Russell) and James (Nathan Graham). Twitter
‘Coronation Street’ will be welcoming its first black family in the show’s 59-year history.
The Baileys consist of Edison (Trevor Michael Georges) and Aggie (Lorna Laidlaw), alongside their sons Michael (Ryan Russell) and James (Nathan Graham).
Although individual black characters have appeared in the past, the Baileys mark the first black family to be featured together. They are set to appear on the soap in early June.
Producer Iain MacLeod said: “The north-west and Great Britain as a whole is a big melting pot of people from different backgrounds and ethnicities and the more representative we can make Corrie of Manchester and Britain the better really.
“It was a no-brainer, but I mean, as with anything on ‘Coronation Street,’ it was the characters that came first and (the Baileys) were just instantly likeable.”
When asked why this hadn’t happened sooner, he said: “Short answer — I don’t really know. Manchester has a large proportion of black residents so it did feel sort of overdue we did this and represented modern Manchester a bit more accurately.”
Edison will take over the builder’s yard from the Grimshaws, alongside 27-year-old Michael, while Aggie is a pharmacy assistant who will clash with their neighbours, the Barlows.
The family’s storylines will explore themes of racism and homophobia, with 19-year-old footballer James coming out of the closet in a future episode.
MacLeod said: “We wanted to look at a modern story about a young man. It won’t be your normal coming out story where we see James wrestling with his identity.
“We were quite keen that he knows who he is but has some apprehensiveness about telling his parents, has a lot of apprehensiveness about his teammates potentially finding out.
“When we meet the character he’s on the cusp of bigger things football-wise and is also aware that despite the progress we’ve made as a society, homophobia on the terraces is still fairly rampant.”
Another member of the Bailey family will join the street at a later stage, with daughter Diana yet to be cast by producers.
The series has officially become the longest-running multi-camera sitcom of all time.
‘The Late Late Show’ host said that overweight people are, at best, cast as the “good” and funny friend of someone who is “attractive.”
The full cast of 'Game of Thrones' turned out for the New York premiere of the eighth and final season.
As per reports, a suicide note has been recovered where the actress has written about investing Rs10,000 in a company named Wisdom Producer Company in Malad and not getting it back even after maturity date in December 2019.
Sara wrote, “Post Rakhi bonding vibe. To match with me i had to bribe. My younger brother- begged him to join my tribe. But his day out was fun- he says ‘I can’t describe’ To see more please like share and subscribe #doubletrouble #twinning #winning.”
Jennifer Grey, the actress who starred opposite Patrick Swayze in romantic drama "Dirty Dancing," will appear in a sequel to the classic 1987 movie, the studio behind the Film announced on Thursday.
The MSO, one of two major symphonies in Montreal alongside the Orchestre Metropolitain, had not performed in public since March due to the pandemic. For its eagerly anticipated COVID-era debut, it opted for a drive-in show -- a first in Canada according to organizers.