ITV soap Coronation Street will begin showing scenes in a gay club later this summer, according to reports.
The Daily Star reports that filming has begun at the newly-built set at the soap’s Manchester studios.
Gay character Sean, played by Anthony Cotton, is to fall for bodybuilder Leon.
Sean tries to look more attractive by lying that he used to date his gym partner Jason (Ryan Thomas), who is actually straight.
He then convinces Jason to enter the Mr Weatherfield competition, which he wins. Although angry at first about being duped, Jason then decides to continue in the competition to earn more money.
A Corrie insider said: “We usually use the bars on Canal Street for our gay club scenes because they have been so good to us over the years.
“But this storyline is going to last for a long time so it made sense for us to build our own place rather than be on location for weeks on end.”
The source added: “The rate Jason is going, he could well be Mr Gay UK by the end of the year.
“Of course, his girlfriend Tina McIntyre is a bit miffed he’s passing himself off as a gay man.
“But when she learns about the money and is told it’s a one-off, she keeps her temper in check.”