The former Girls Aloud singer, who has had a modest movie career including a small role in 2007's St. Trinians, will make her debut in the iconic show in the summer (15).

She says, "I am extremely excited to be joining Coronation Street. As a fan of the show it is a huge honour for me to join the cast. I can't wait to get started!"

Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn adds, "Sarah is proving to be a gifted and exciting actor and I'm absolutely delighted to have her on board. The viewers are in for a treat..."