ITV Coronation Street's Joel star issued warning by bosses before joining soap

Coronation Street's Calum Lill has opened up about the stark warning he received from show bosses ahead of his debut on the cobbles.

The actor, who plays the manipulative lawyer Joel Nash in the ITV soap, was left reeling after recent episodes revealed that Lauren Bolton (portrayed by Cait Fitton) is expecting his child.

Joel, who has been grooming and abusing Lauren as shown through harrowing flashback sequences, now fears that the pregnancy could be his undoing, providing concrete proof of his crimes.

Calum discussed the intense nature of his plotline during an appearance on ITV's This Morning, saying: "From the email for the screen test they were like 'you just need to be aware it's going to get very dark' so I had one script which was him being nice and charming and one that was him being not so much, so when I finally got the call saying I got it i thought I've got a big undertaking now."

In a twist of fate, Lauren managed to escape from Joel in Tuesday's episode, but he's hell-bent on finding her again in upcoming scenes. Meanwhile, Joel's fiancee Dee-Dee Bailey (played by Channique Sterling-Brown) is also searching for the missing Lauren, unwittingly giving the villain crucial information that might help him reach her before anyone else, reports the Mirror.

Reflecting on his role, Calum said: "It's incredible to play a baddie on a soap but I didn't just want to play some moustache-twirling villain you know. It is a serious topic so it was important to me and everyone in Corrie to make it true to life and authentic and not some sort of cliche."

Speaking about whether Joel might take drastic measures due to Lauren's pregnancy and the possible revelation of his secret, he hinted: "It's evidence thats stakes have only gotten higher and we've seen with Joel he's very selfish and driven and he seems to lack empathy so I think the worst is yet to come for Joel. He's only going to get worse."

The episodes in the upcoming week will show Joel and Dee-Dee deciding on their wedding date for September 27th, but its uncertain if they'll make it that far considering Joel's secrets are slowly being unveiled?