Sair Khan has been cast as Kal Nazir’s daughter Alya in Coronation Street. She’s part of the soap’s first Muslim family and is set to cause a stir from the onset of her first episode. The inclusion of a Muslim family will also raise some eyebrows, but Corrie is not the first soap to do so.
Coronation Street bosses have confirmed the casting of Kal Nazir’s daughter Alya.
Actress Sair Khan has landed the part of Alya and will make her first appearance on the ITV soap in June.
21-year-old Alya arrives on the cobbles with an outspoken nature and bubbly personality. Show chiefs have teased that her wayward behavior will make life difficult for her father in the summer.
Speaking of her new role, Khan told itv.com: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the cast of Coronation Street. As a northerner I’ve grown up watching the show and so can’t quite believe that I’ll soon be walking on the famous cobbles.”
Coronation Street‘s assistant producer Ella Kelly added: “We’re delighted to introduce Sair as Alya, the new strong-minded member of the Nazir family, who puts temptation in the path of one male resident, causing a storm before her feet have even hit the cobbles.”
The long-running show is also currently searching for actors to play Kal’s son and mother. Viewers have already been introduced to Kal’s father Sharif, played by Marc Anwar.
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Sair Khan will raise some eyebrows as will the new story-line of a Muslim family on Coronation Street. She will definitely turn some heads as the Corrie writers plot her moves, but will they address the deeper issues of Muslim integration into British society, including Sharia law? If they do, it will be interesting to see how it is portrayed.