Cheryl Cole and Michelle Keegan in the Rovers Return

Cheryl Cole is set to appear in a one-off Coronation Street special

Cheryl Cole will swap being a pop star for pulling pints as she joins the Coronation Street cast for a an extra special one-off episode.

The singer will play the childhood friend to Michelle Keegan's character, Tina McIntyre, and will arrive at the Rovers Return with the aim of luring Tina back to Newcastle with her.

Cheryl has always been a fan of the show, and said that it was 'surreal to be part of something I've watched my whole life.'

'It has always been part of my life, we'd all watch it as kids every night.' she continued.

The 30-year-old singer is making her guest appearance as part of ITV's annual fundraiser, Text Santa, which raises money for six charities.

Speaking about being involved, Cheryl said: '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.'

You can see Cheryl behind the bar in Coronation Street as part  on Friday 20 December, at 8pm

By Olivia Marks

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