Comedian Cannon to Tread Emmerdale Boards

Hot on the heels of football pundit Chris Kamara, comedy legend Tommy Cannon is set to make a guest appearance in Emmerdale.

Emmerdale News: Comedy legend Tommy Cannon to make guest appearance
Comedy legend Tommy Cannon to join Emmerdale

Best known as one half of comedy duo Cannon and Ball, Tommy Cannon is set to join Emmerdale for a ‘brief sting’ as new character  ‘Derek’. However, the producers have not yet revealed how he will fit into the ITV soap’s storylines.

It has also been reported that the comedian is set to play an ‘intriguing’ role, but viewers have a while to wait until he appears on screens with no date yet set for his soap debut.

The former I’m A Celebrity star, who appeared in the 2005 series of the show, took to Twitter on Wednesday to share the news with his fans.

His now-deleted tweet read: “Excited to be able to announce that I’m doing a brief stint as ‘Derek’ in @emmerdale !! Spending some time in the dales (sic).”

Tommy’s long-term sidekick Bobby Ball showed his support by responding to his pal: “Can’t wait to see tommy in Emmerdale…. I am so chuffed for him….. (sic)”

An insider told The Sun: “The cast and crew are thrilled such a legend is joining the ranks. It’ll be a while before viewers get to see him but he has an intriguing part to play.”

Tommy will play a new character on the soap, but he certainly isn’t the only big-name star to have joined the show for a brief period.

Legendary England cricketer Ian Botham headed to the Dales in 1995 to open the then-newly refurbished Woolpack pub.

Rugby player Martin Offiah was a guest at a charity rugby match in 1996, and Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pellow was a guest at Kathy Glover’s (Malandra Burrows) leaving party in 2001.

TV presenter Fern Britton appeared in the show in 2005, and singers Tony Christie and Katherine Jenkins have also made cameos. Former footballer-turned-pundit Chris Kamara played himself in a brief Dales cameo in June.

Which famous face could be next?


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