Game Of Thrones star Michael Condron has been confirmed to join the cast of Coronation Street as part of a storyline about Spider’s return.
Michael, 36, who is best known for playing Bowen Marsh in HBO’s hit series Game Of Thrones, will play an activist in the ITV soap.
An insider told The Sun: ‘He’s joining as a new regular and will play Griff, an activist. He’s linked to the storyline that sees show legend Spider return to the soap – and fans will first see him onscreen in September.’
Eco-activist Spider Nugent, played by Martin Hancock, is set to return to the cobbles next month after 19 years away.
Martin revealed his excitement at returning to Coronation Street, explaining: ‘Having the opportunity to walk back onto the cobbles is fabulous.
‘I’m so excited to be seeing a lot of old friends and picking up what Spider has been up to.
‘I’ve always wanted to come back at some point and it just felt like this is the right time. I’m eternally grateful to Iain [Macleod] for the opportunity.’
Iain Macleod, Coronation Street producer, is just as excited to see Spider back on the screen, adding: ‘Martin is a fabulous actor and Spider is a character with real heritage, and affection from fans.
‘His return heralds an enthralling new story for Toyah, who will be embroiled in a mess of guilt and secrecy when Spider arrives. Will he be her saviour or the thing that ruins her life forever?’
Fans will no doubt be excited to see the Corrie and GOT crossover when Michael makes his debut, having got to know the actor on seasons five and six of the show.
He played a member of the Night’s Watch and famously clashed with Jon Snow, played by Kit Harrington, after opposing his election to the role of Lord Commander.
Bowen Marsh was later hanged after stabbing Jon in the back and leaving him for dead following an unsuccessful mutiny at Castle Black.