Rebecca Ryan says “nobody at 'Coronation Street' had any idea” that Jack James Ryan is her brother.
The 30-year-old actress - who has played Lydia Chambers on the ITV soap since December - called working with her 25-year-old sibling on the show “a dream come true", and she is adamant that it's “a total coincidence”.
Rebecca told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “Nobody at 'Coronation Street' had any idea. When I joined, I’d be talking to people and say, ‘Oh, yeah, my brother works here’. And they’d go, ‘Really, who’s your brother? What? Jack!’.
“It’s a dream come true to be working on the show at the same time, but it’s a total coincidence.”
The soap star believes her bond with Jack - who plays drug dealer Jacob Hay on the cobbles - has been close since they were youngsters, but it increased when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer five years ago.
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Rebecca said: “It definitely brought us closer together. I would die for my brother. We’re best friends and it’s been like that ever since we were kids. We talk on the phone at least once a day and I feel so protective towards him. I was there for him through all his hospital appointments, but I felt so helpless.”
Jack - who wrote the show ‘Me and My Left Ball’ about the ordeal - was at drama school when he received the news, which Rebecca felt like "it wasn’t real”.
She said: “I’m a very emotional person. I cry over adverts, I cry when I’m happy, when I’m sad and when I’m hungry, but this was weird. I did cry, but at the same time it felt like it wasn’t real.”