Coronation Street star Jimmi Harkishin has revealed Dev Alahan and Sophie Webster are set to form a close friendship in the wake of Sunita's death.
Although Dev and Sunita (Shobna Gulati) had separated, he is devastated by her death in the Rovers fire, and is left bringing up their children on his own. But teenager Sophie's support builds a bond between them.
Jimmi told Inside Soap magazine: "This storyline will see a great new friendship between Dev and Sophie.
"Brooke Vincent, who plays her, is a lovely actress, but I've never had anything major with her before. She was just the girl who worked in Dev's shop, but now she can take care of the kids and the shop while Dev's head is all over the place. She's quite adult about it.
He added: "She gives him tough love, too - which he needs. I could never have predicted this storyline, but it works and I'm really enjoying it!"