Gossip from the soaps

Hollywood actor Patrick Bergin is joining the cast of EastEnders.

The Robin Hood star will play Aidan, who’s an old friend of Phil Mitchell’s from prison, as part of a Christmas storyline.

He says he’s “thrilled” to be part of an “iconic” show.

Meanwhile Vic Reeves has promised comedy and possible romance when he makes his debut on Coronation Street.

The comedian – whose real name is Jim Moir – is arriving on the cobbles as larger-than-life character Colin.

He’s contracted for three months on the soap, but he’s hinted it could go on for longer.