Coronation Streets Jack James Ryan shares advice he gave his real-life sister co-star

Coronation Street star Jack James Ryan has shared the sweet advice he gave his real-life sister co-star Rebecca Ryan.

The actor, 25, plays bad boy Jacob Hay, and his sister Rebecca, 30, joined the cobbles in December as newcomer Lydia.

Talking about his sibling joining the cobbles, Jack admitted he was "buzzing" as Rebecca is his "biggest inspiration".

Speaking to press recently about the advice he gave his sister prior to joining, he said: "One of the best things about Corrie is that everyone's so nice, so welcoming.

"So I knew she'd just settle right in, but beyond that, I told her where the canteen was, the toilets, and then she was good to go."

Speaking about having his sister on the cobbles, he added: "Honestly just [excited] beyond words! I was so buzzing when I found out she'd be joining the cast. She was my biggest inspiration growing up – I wanted to be an actor since I can remember.

"And a big factor of that was because since my sister was 11, she's been on TV every week, from Shameless to Waterloo Road to Casualty, and now to this.

"It's just been incredible. And I'm incredibly biased, but I think she is a stunning actor, and I think she's going to make an impact. I know she's going to make a great addition to the cast."

Talking about whether his character Jacob could ever share a scene with his sister's character Lydia, he admitted: "It would be so interesting to have a scene with Lydia.

"I don't think our storylines cross, sadly. But it would be so great to have a scene with Becky. And Mum would be dead proud that day!"

It comes after Coronation Street boss, Iain MacLeod, teased a new "nightmare-ish" plot involving Lydia, Adam and Sarah Barlow.

Talking about what soap watchers can expect for 2022, the ITV soap producer admitted that Lydia becomes a "threat" to Adam (Sam Robertson) and Sarah's (Tina O'Brien) marriage.

Speaking to press, Iain teased: "I hope to bring loads of excitement, Rebecca is fantastic since we saw her audition, it was a case of 'where do we sign?'

"We wanted an updated version of a 90s thriller – like Fatal Attraction. They look horribly dated in gender politics. So what would it look like as a 21st century story.

"I hope we’ve crafted it, everyone behaves badly, it’s very nuanced but she becomes a threat to the marriage; a catalyst for Sarah and Adam to destroy themselves.

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"There is lots of scheming and intelligent subterfuge in several parties. It culminates in some exciting pay off in the first six months.

"It starts small and even humorous with Adam and Sarah as they take pot shots, gradually it becomes more nightmare-ish. It’s exciting with three fantastic actors. It’s thriller-ish but modern."

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