Former Coronation Street star Brooke Vincent has lined up a new job, following in the footsteps of her fellow soap actress Gemma Atkinson.

Brooke will take over Gemma's spot presenting on Hits Radio while the on-air presenter steps away to give birth.

The actress, who played Sophie Webster on the long-running ITV soap, has co-hosted specials on the radio station before but will be taking over Gemma's weekday evening 4pm-7pm show from June 5.

Brooke said in a statement: "I am thrilled to be keeping Gemma's seat warm for her whilst she's away.

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"I've just had some time off being a mum myself, so I know how she's feeling, and I've assured Gemma her show is in safe hands."

Brooke has two children — Mexx and Monroe — with her footballer fiancé Kean Bryan.

She added: "It's equally exciting and daunting to be filling in, but I love the Hits Radio family and can't wait to be on air, live from Manchester every day, chatting with Mike and all the listeners."

She will present alongside Mike Toolan for the primetime show.

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Gemma is welcoming another child with Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Gorka Marquez this summer. The pair had daughter Mia in 2019.

Hits Radio Content Director Paul Gerrard added: "We're delighted that Brooke will be covering from Gemma from next month and we know she'll do a great job.

"She's going to be just as candid, honest and real with our audience as Gemma is and we're sure she'll do an equally good job of keeping Mike in check!

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"We also want to wish Gemma and Gorka the best of luck with baby number two — we're looking forward to welcoming another Hits Radio listener very soon!"

Gemma started hosting the breakfast show on Hits Radio before moving to her evening slot.

Brooke returned to the set of Coronation Street earlier this year but has stood firm on not returning to soap any time soon.

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.

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