Iain MacLeod says Millie Gibson is "destined for really big things" after being cast in the new series of 'Doctor Who'.
Millie, 18, who played Kelly Neelan in 'Coronation Street' from 2019 to 2022, has been cast as Ncuti Gatwa's companion in the BBC series and 'Corrie' boss MacLeod believes Millie has a big future ahead.
He told Digital Spy: "I'm thrilled for her. I was aware some time ago that she was in the running for it. I'm pretty sure she wasn't supposed to tell me but she did! I kept waiting for a BBC lawyer to say sign this so you don't reveal it to anyone.
"So I knew for a little while but anyone who's watched her on the telly knows she is a fantastically talented young woman and thoroughly deserves it.
"I know Russell T Davies is a 'Corrie' fan so I wonder if that helped her slightly because he would have been familiar with her work, I'm sure."
"It's brilliant for her and she'll be brilliant in that role, she is destined for really big things."
Meanwhile, Millie recently revealed her parents called her "crazy" after she quit 'Coronation Street'.
Speaking on the 'Conversation Street' podcast, Millie shared: "They thought I was crazy! They were like, ‘Why on earth?’
"It’s such a secure position. I was like, ‘Of course, but that’s what the thing is I don’t need to be secure at the minute.’ I need to spread my wings and see what can happen. And nothing could but I would have regretted it if I hadn’t tried, so I need to try."
Millie felt the time was right to leave the cobbles, as she'd already accomplished everything she could with the character.
Despite this, the actress admitted that it was still a "hard decision".
She said: "Obviously 'Corrie' is the most incredible job you could ever think of getting, especially at my age. But you get to a point that you feel … I got the most out of it, the most out of the character, I’d explored so much with Kelly.
"I just thought whilst I’m still young I’d go and see what the rest of the world had to offer. It was a hard decision, for sure."