NINE-year-old actor Jude Riordan has just landed a role in Coronation Street.

Jude Riordan, from Lea Green, first hit our TV screens in 2017 after starring in The Secret Life of Five Year Olds on Channel 4.

Since then the St John Vianney pupil has gone on to appear in CBBC programmes and several adverts.

And in 2018 landed the coveted role as Tyler in Sky One’s Brassic alongside former Corrie star Michelle Keegan and Vince Gilligan.

Now he is excited to be taking on the role of Sam Blakeman, the long lost son of Nick Tilsley in ITV’s long running soap Coronation Street.

The story plot is that Natasha, his mum, who was one of Audrey Roberts' hairdressers, was in a relationship with Nick 10 years ago before leaving the street pregnant with Sam, and Nick did not know.

Now she’s back as Sam - played by Jude - is asking about his dad.

Jude’s family say they are “incredibly proud” of him landing the role.

Mum Kellie, said: “Jude was invited to attend a casting back in February.

“He was then invited back for a screen test with Ben Price [who plays Nick].

“Then obviously lockdown happened so things went very quiet.

“We then heard back in June/July that he’d been offered the role.

“Jude was over the moon. He loves to act and feels very comfortable on set and in that environment.

“Sam loves all things space so Jude is loving learning about the Nebula Cluster.

“So to be able to do his passion as a regular role on one of Britain’s best soaps is incredible.

“We are incredibly proud of his achievements, he’s only 9 and seems to have found his love.

“Cast and crew are lovely and very welcoming, he’s fitted in very well.

“We think he will love his time on the cobbles.”

Jude will be on our screens from October 2 in the ITV hit soap.

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