TV icon ‘joins Coronation Street’ – and fans might recognise him from beloved sitcom

A TV legend, best known for his role on the beloved sitcom Desmond's, will be joining Coronation Street.

Ram John Holder, 89, has landed a role on the hit ITV soap which is sure to take fans down memory lane as many will recognise the sitcom legend. While he's had a string of successful stints on TV, Ram is best known for playing the role of Pork Pie on Desmond's.

The Guyanese-British actor is now set to take on his latest venture as he joins the cobbles to take on the role of Ed Bailey’s dad, Sarge. A TV insider told The Sun: "Ram has already been filming his scenes in Weatherfield though viewers won’t get to see them for some months.

"It’s a substantial role for him to have been cast in, though it will come as second nature he’s a seasoned star of multiple dramas – including soaps."

But away from the cobbles and Desmond's, Ram has secured a series of successful TV appearances including on EastEnders in 2006 where he played the role of Cedric Lucas. As well as starring in Emmerdale, Doctors, Casualty, The Bill and Heartbeat.

Younger viewers may also recognise Ram from his time on BBC's children's show, The Story of Tracy Beaker where he played the role of 'Flying' Freddie Mercer. His most recent appearance has been on Death in Paradise as Nelson Myers, the estranged father of PC Dwayne Myers (Danny John-Jules).

But the TV star will always be best known for his role in Desmond's which first aired in 1989. The Channel 4 sitcom was set in a London barber, run by Desmond Ambrose, played by Norman Beaton, who sadly passed away in the same year the show ended in 1994.

During Ram's time on the sitcom, his character’s name was actually Augustus Neapolitan Cleveland Grant, but the nickname of Pork Pie was given because of the hat he always wore. Pork Pie proved to be such a hit with fans that Ram even went on to star in its own spin-off series, although it only lasted one year from 1995 to 1996.

Away from acting, Ram is also a musician having recorded albums Black London Blues (1969), Bootleg Blues (1971), You Simply Are… (1975) and Ram Blues & Soul. He's also contributed to a number of singles and soundtracks for TV and film.

Ram was recognised for his outstanding career last year when he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on 4 May 2022

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