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Corrie star – and girlfriend of show legend – lands role in another soap

Alan Halsall and Tisha Merry smile together

A familiar face to Coronation Street viewers has popped up in daytime soap Doctors, as Tisha Merry can currently be seen in the popular show as a character called Serena Bradley. 

Tisha previously played Steph Britton on Coronation Street for over 300 episodes between 2013 and 2018.

Steph was a waitress and supervisor at the bistro who was friends with Katy Armstrong (Georgia May Foote) and shared a flat with Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan). Her brother Luke Britton (Dean Fagan) was killed by evil Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre). 

Steph, who had fled to Portugal after Phelan caused her to believe her boyfriend Andy Carver (Oliver Farnworth) had ended their relationship, returned for Luke’s funeral in January 2018. 

In May 2019 it was confirmed that Tisha was dating her Corrie co-star Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs in the show.

Alan confirmed the speculation that they were a couple after posting pictures on his Instagram as they both attended Sam Aston (Chesney)’s wedding to Briony Gardner.

Alan, who has been in Coronation Street since 1996, has joked about the age gap between him and Tisha, who is 10 years his junior.

He shared snaps of himself having beauty treatments in an apparent effort to maintain his youthful good looks, captioning the picture, ‘The s**t ya have to do when your girlfriends 10 years younger than you!!’ 

The couple frequently share pictures of their life together, including giving fans a look around their house when they were spending the covid lockdown together.  

Tisha has previously spoken about when she started at Coronation Street – and how she was rejected on her first day by an over-zealous security guard.  

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‘I auditioned, got the part, turned up on my first day and they were like, no. Everyone was in the green room you’ve got Gail, Alan, everyone,’ she recalled. 

‘They were like sorry no you’re not here to play Steph, I was, no I am and I had to wait outside for an hour before anyone would let me in.

‘No one believed I was playing the part! I was like I’m cursed, this role isn’t for me! I didn’t actually have a proper audition I just blagged my way onto Corrie.’ 

Hopefully there weren’t any hiccups of that sort when Tisha turned up to start work on Doctors. Fans of the show have already seen her debut, as her character Serena arrived to stir things up with Claudia (Kiza Deen) over her relationship with Bear Sylvester (Dex Lee). 

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