Coronation Street casts Hollyoaks’ Daniel Jillings for new police racism storyline

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Coronation Street has signed Hollyoaks star Daniel Jillings as part of a new police racism storyline on the ITV soap.

Daniel, 38, will be playing the role of racist police officer PC Brody, who wrongly arrests James Bailey (Nathan Graham) and causes the footballer to trip and injure his leg next week.

As well as having soap experience, actor Daniel is said to have worked with Greater Manchester Police as he has written on his official Twitter profile: "Once the youngest serving police officer in @GMPolice."

Daniel played Billy Parker in Hollyoaks, while other acting credits include Prey, Doctors, Enemy Lines, Casualty and even a brief cameo as a barman in Emmerdale.

The actor took to his Twitter to confirm his new role, he tweeted: "Words out. PC BRODY making his first appearance on @itvcorrie on Monday 26th" alongside a collection of spoiler photos.

Next week on the ITV soap, James and his brother Michael (Ryan Russell) test drive a sports car after the sporting star is offered £30K for an interview.

However, as the two brothers enjoy their drive they are suddenly pulled over by a police car and after James questions why the officer has pulled them over, he is arrested for obstruction and handcuffed.

During this time, James trips and injures his leg while Craig Tinker (Colson Smith) comes round the corner to see the footballer in agony while Michael says they have been victims of an unprovoked racist attack.

Later, in the hospital, a devastated James is convinced that his football career is over and he returns home on crutches after injuring his leg.

And after discovering that someone has filmed their arrest and posted it online, James accepts they should make a formal complaint to the police.

Later in the week, PC Brody tells Craig that James and Michael have lodged a formal complaint about the arrest and accused him of racism.

PC Brody then tries to sidle up to Craig and asks him not to mention the fact that he thought James' driving was fine and didn’t warrant being pulled over.

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