Coronation Street to poke fun at Steve McDonald’s lockdown pounds with XXL gift

Coronation Street bosses will be seen poking fun at Steve McDonald’s lockdown pounds this week.

The storyline comes just weeks after actor who plays him – Simon Gregson – admitted he had turned into a real life Winnie The Pooh with his chunky figure.

In Friday’s episode of Corrie, Steve will receive a late Christmas gift from his mum Liz.

It is an XXL large red T-shirt with his name “Steve” emblazoned across the front.

He will be seen shouting: “How big does she think I am?”

Fans will know how soap star Simon admitted he had piled on the pounds before he went on I’m A Celebrity.

In the Welsh castle, he told his fellow campers: he looked like Winnie The Pooh and King Henry VIII.

He said: “I desperately need to lose weight. This show is a bit of a hard schlep because the food isn’t great – rice and beans all the time.

“But for me it’s a bonus. I desperately need to lose weight so I’m looking at it like the worst boot camp in the world.”

When he left the show as runner up, he discovered he had lost a stone.

He has now vowed: “I’d love to keep the weight off. I’m going to try and live a healthier lifestyle.”

Simon’s T-shirt scenes on the soap were filmed before he went on I’m A Celebrity which is why he doesn’t look as trim as he is now.

The Corrie actor came second place in the gruelling ITV reality show.

Emmerdale's Danny Miller was crowned the first-ever King of the Castle earlier this month.

The new dad arrived at the castle three weeks after his first child Albert was born and told presenters Ant and Dec he had taken part in the show to provide for his son.

"I have made no secret about the fact that I wanted to be able to give him and set him up for a good future," he said.

"I wasn't financially set for that and this is an opportunity to do that."

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