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'Coronation Street' John Michie reveals gambling storyline

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Karl Munro outside the Rovers in Coronation Street

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Coronation Street's John Michie has revealed that his character Karl Munro will become a gambling addict in a new storyline.

Barman Karl, married to Stella (Michelle Collins), won £1,000 from Ciaran McCarthy (Keith Duffy) in a game of poker earlier this week.

However, ex-Taggart star Michie has teased details of his alter ego's descent into debt after "a few big losses".

He told the Daily Record: "He is going to be gambling for a while and eventually he will have a few big losses, which is great for me.

"You know what gamblers are like, he has to lie, drinks a little bit more than he should and it is going to cause tension in his relationships."

The 55-year-old explained that his involvement in Corrie will increase in 2012 as a result of the plot.

"This is Karl getting his feet under the table, in a sense," he continued. "When I was asked to join the show, I was told initially they would bed me in and there is a lot planned for next year. He needs a strong storyline like this for people to get inside his mind a bit.

"I've really worked out who Karl is. It's just the audience who have to get to know him and that's happening about now." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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