Gay Coronation Street characters Sean Tully and Marcus Dent are to become parents.

The couple will bring up Sean’s toddler Dylan after his mother Violet asks them to take care of him.

Sean (Antony Cotton) helped Violet conceive Dylan four years ago when she and boyfriend Jamie had fertility issues.

According to the Sun, Dylan’s arrival will cement the couple’s previously rocky relationship and make them the soap’s first gay parents.

Sean will have the chance to become a ‘hands on dad’ with his son.

However, producers are said to be concerned that some viewers will react badly to the episodes.

A source told the newspaper: “There’s a chance older viewers will be shocked by the storyline, so we will handle things very sensitively.”

Some Coronation Street viewers have complained at lesbian kissing scenes between Sian Powers and Sophie Webster.