Hollyoaks newcomer Robert Beck talks juggling two soaps as he teases role on Coronation Street

Hollyoaks newcomer Robert Beck talks juggling two soaps as he teases role on Coronation Street


HOLLYOAKS newcomer Robert Beck has teased that he may have to juggle two jobs after offering his services to Coronation Street.

The actor, 52 – who has starred in other soaps such as Brookside andEmmerdale – joined the Channel 4 soap last week.

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Robert is currently playing the part of Trish Minniver's former flame and Brad King's ex business partner, Fergus Collins.

And although he's busy with his new role in the village, the soap star has offered to help out a rival soap because of current Covid-19 restrictions on set.

In real life Robert is married to Corrie's Leanne Battersby Jane Danson – and he's told bosses he's down for getting up close and personal with his other-half on screen if they need him.

He recently told Inside Soap: "There has been a lot of body-double kissing in the soaps during the pandemic, so I keep offering my services to Coronation Street.

"They're not interested, though, as I'm too bald to play Nick Tilsley! [Leanne's love interest, played by Ben Price].

"And Leanne might not be in the right headspace for romance right now, but I've told them that I'm here if they need me."

If the show ever take him up on his offer, he's certainly got enough experience under his belt to perfect the role.

Robert has starred in a long list of TV shows and soap operas.

He played Peter Harrison in Brookside from 1991 to 1993, Gavin Ferris in Emmerdale in 1998 and Terry Appleyard in Waterloo Road in 2007.

The actor has also previously starred in Coronation Street as Jimmy Dockerson.

Robert and Jane met back in 1999 when he was working for Emmerdale, but despite working for rival shows, they couldn't ignore their feelings towards each other.

They went on to tie the knot in 2005 and started a family together.

They welcomed Harry Alexander Jack, 15, into the world a year after their wedding and 12-year-old Sam Alfie Robert three years later.

However it doesn't look like Robert's services will be needed any time soon considering Jane's character Leanne is caught up at the moment trying to sort out her son Simon's mess.

The grieving mum – who lost her youngest son Oliver to an incurable form of mitochondrial disorder last year – has to find £2,000 to pay off Simon's drugs debts to evil Harvey.

Fans of the show are convinced that the personal assistant is going to turn to prostitution to pay it off.

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