Corrie star Dev delights his fans

Jimmi Harkishin, who plays Dev in Coronation Street, with Graham and Lynne Farnish and Anisha Ghelani, eight, of Great Doddington
Jimmi Harkishin, who plays Dev in Coronation Street, with Graham and Lynne Farnish and Anisha Ghelani, eight, of Great Doddington
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Coronation Street star Jimmi Harkishin, who plays Dev Alahan in the soap, delighted fans during a visit to Wellingborough.

He was in the town on Saturday (April 27) as the guest of Tingdene, manufacturers of park homes and holiday lodges.

Jimmi unveiled the company’s Villa 2013 home at its visitors’ centre in Bradfield Road, on Finedon Road Industrial Estate, and for one young Corrie fan it turned out to be a day she’ll never forget.

He invited eight-year-old Anisha Ghelani of Great Doddington and her mum Bhavini to join him on a tour of the villa.

She said: “It was very exciting and I asked him all about Coronation Street.”

Her mum said: “We’re both big fans and we went along to see Dev. He was really friendly and it made our day.”

Also joining Jimmi during the tour of the home were Lynne and Graham Farnish of Cannock whose names were picked out of a hat.

After looking round the villa, Jimmi signed autographs and chatted with fans of the soap.

He said: “I don’t do a lot of public appearances so it’s nice to meet people who enjoy the show. Although Coronation Street is watched by millions of viewers, I’m working with the same people all the time and that can be a little bit isolating.”

The actor answered questions from the audience and revealed that when he’s not working he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and riding his motorbike.

When asked about the next twists and turns in the plot, he said: “The honest answer is I don’t know what is going to happen next.”

Jimmi said he was impressed with Tingdene’s newest home, a new version of one of its classic models.

He said: “It’s really well designed and much larger than it looks from the outside.”

Sales and marketing director for Tingdene, Nick Burgess, said: “We’re really grateful to Jimmi for coming along. We had a great turnout and everyone enjoyed the event.”