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Manchester Evening News
Jessica Sansome

ITV Coronation Street star Daniel Brocklebank asked 'are you kidding me' as he introduces new member of his family

Coronation Street star Daniel Brocklebank has whipped fans up into a bit a frenzy as he took to social media with a new snap of himself and a new friend. Fans of the actor, who plays Billy Mayhew in the ITV soap, will know he's an animal lover and his caring nature doesn't just stretch to the character he portrays on-screen.

Back in 2019, the soap star got a 'new man in his life' - an adorable Dachshund called Colin. Daniel adopted the then-four-month-old pup who was being cared for at Dogs Trust Manchester after being illegally smuggled into the UK. Colin was one of a litter of six puppies illegally imported into the UK from Hungary. Having travelled over 1,000 miles in horrendous conditions the litter was seized at the border by enforcement authorities before being looked after by the animal welfare charity.

Daniel wasted no time in taking him to the famous Corrie cobbles. Sharing a photo of Colin on the famous street, he told his followers on Twitter: "I have a new man in my life. Peeps, please may I introduce you to Colin. A huge thank you to Dogs Trust for all your help & guidance. Adopt & give them their forever home."

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Then, in February 2020, Daniel and Colin got a friend. " I would like to introduce you all to the newest addition to the family... Colin now has a sister, Jean!!" the actor shared alongside a photo of him cuddling up to his new Dachshund pup. "Huge thanks to the @DogsTrust again for all their amazing support."

And now, Dan has revealed that his brood of four-legged companions is only growing as he introduced the newest member to the clan, Dorris. Taking to Instagram on Tuesday (April 4), the 43-year-old shared an image of himself smiling for the camera while holding on to a little Daschund pup.

"Please let me introduce you to the latest member of the Brocklebank household," he captioned his adorable post before adding: "Dorris. A huge thank you to the @dogstrust for their help."

Corrie co-star Georgia Taylor, who plays Toyah Habeeb in the ITV soap, was quick to respond, writing: "Dorris!!!!" in the comments before adding a string of love heart eyes emojis. Georgia's on-screen sister Jane Danson, aka Leanne Battersby, also commented by simply adding a red heart.

Dan and his new pup, Dorris (Daniel Brocklebank Instagram)

Former Corrie star Catherine Tyldesley, meanwhile, replied: "Omg Dorris," with a slew of love heart eyes emojis. While actress Amanda Abbington asked: "Can she come and play with Maple and Darcey????" and actor Leon Lopez typed: "Oh my!!! Are you kidding me! I have a new niece?!?!"

Fans and followers were also quick to flock to the comment section to gush over Dan and Dorris. @alison_i_scott said: "Aww, gorgeous Dorris." @coombes_alison commented: "Omg Dorris such a cutie." @alison_68liverpool echoed: "Omg how cute is Dorris." @tomwilfredwood replied: "Well done. Beautiful dog."

@bella_bichonfrise_rescue_dog shared: "Aww @danielbrocklebank hi Dorris. We are a huge fan of @dogstrust too." @jane9869 posted: "Lucky Dorris she is beautiful." @sarahbobby0105xx wrote: "Omggg she's absolutely gorgeous. Enjoy making memories with your new fur baby." @chelseadawson_ added: "Thanks for giving her a great home!"


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