Sinead’s doctor on Coronation Street previously had a major role on EastEnders

Amid tonight's harrowing scenes, Coronation Street viewers might also recognise the doctor who breaks the devastating news to Sinead Tinker this evening.

Sinead will discover that her cancer has spread this evening and that she only has three or four months left to live.

Telling her the news is her oncologist Mr Merchant, who also appeared in the soap last year as he doctor.

However soap fans might also recognise actor Raji James for a number of other roles he had had in the past.

This includes starring as Ash Ferreira, who was part of a new Asian family introduced in the BBC sop in 2003.

Producers had hoped that the family would become central to the show, however fans criticised the family for being "unrealistic and annoying".

The family were axed in 2005, with writer Tony Jordan, who created them, branding them the "least successful characters [he] created".

However Raji first stepped into the spotlight as DS Vik Singh in The Bill for almost ten years from 1993 until 2002.

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