Corrie role for Cole in Text Santa

This Is Lancashire: Cheryl Cole (left) and Michelle Keegan, who plays the character of Tina, on set at the Rovers Return after filming a TV sketch in Coronation Street. Cheryl Cole (left) and Michelle Keegan, who plays the character of Tina, on set at the Rovers Return after filming a TV sketch in Coronation Street.

Cheryl Cole is joining regulars at the Rovers Return after filming a TV sketch in Coronation Street.

The chart star and former X Factor judge features alongside soap stars Michelle Keegan (Tina), Simon Gregson (Steve), Kym Marsh (Michelle) and Andy Whyment (Kirk) in the show which she says she has watched all her life.

Programme bosses will be taking Cole to Weatherfield for ITV's Text Santa programme to be screened from 8pm on Friday, December 20.

In the storyline Cole heads to Corrie to the Rovers, looking for her childhood friend, barmaid Tina, and aiming to take her up to Newcastle to celebrate Christmas but things do not go according to plan.

She said of the show: "It has always been part of my life, we'd all watch it as kids every night. It's surreal to be part of something I've watched my whole life. It's great to be able to support six wonderful charities and I really hope that this year's appeal makes a difference to many lives."

Text Santa is hosted by Ant & Dec, Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby, Christine Bleakley and Paddy McGuinness and will feature an appearance by Robbie Williams. The show will be raising cash for six UK-based charities.

Further details are at www.textsanta.co.uk.

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