Ex-Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh to appear in new Channel 4 gay drama
Former Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh is to appear in a new drama about the lives of a gay couple by Russell T Davies.
Hesmondhalgh will join actors Freddie Fox and Vincent Franklin – who starred in The Thick Of It – in Cucumber, which is currently filming in Manchester.
The series will be aired in 2015.
Cucumber follows 46-year-old Henry (Franklin) and his long-suffering boyfriend Lance, whose lives are turned upside down after a disastrous date night.
Hesmondhalgh will play Henry’s sister.
The series was announced last year but casting has only just been revealed.
Russell T Davies, whose other credits include Queer as Folk and Doctor Who, is also working on a companion drama for E4, titled Bananas, which will follow the same characters.
Hesmondhalgh is best known for playing Hayley Cropper, Coronation Street’s first transgender character.