Coronation Street fans have been left reeling in disbelief after discovering Jamie Kenna’s real accent.
The actor, who is best known for playing Phill Whittaker on the ITV soap, recorded a heartfelt message to thank fans for their support of his storyline on the show.
Currently, Jamie is involved in a dramatic storyline alongside Fiz Stape (played by Jennie McApline) and Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall)/
Phill and Fitz got married on the soap, but the bride then jilted her new husband just hours after the ceremony and has since got back with her ex, Tyrone.
Jamie took a moment to thank fans of the long-running series for supporting him and being gripped by the storyline.
"I'm just sitting in the garden having a cup of coffee after my gym session,” he began, before joking: “Or am I just dressed in my gym kit having a cup of coffee and I'm not going to bother going to the gym, I guess you'll never know.
“Anyway, I just want to jump on here because I've finally had the chance to catch up on all the wedding stuff because I was away so I binge-watched it last night and I just wanted to say a massive, massive thank you to everyone."
Jamie continued: "I've had so many messages and so many people have been supportive, so many people feeling sorry for Phill and saying he's a bit hard done by and I genuinely feel moved and touched by that.”
He added: "I thought everyone would be like 'thank goodness for that, Tyrone and Fiz are back together' so I was really moved and touched by all your comments and don't think that us as the actors don't get effected by that.
"We love feedback so just wanted to thank you all and say to keep watching because it gets very interesting."
While appreciative of the messages, fans were also taken aback by Jamie’s real accent – which is decidedly different to the one he has on the show.
One follower wrote: "It's been amazing. Surprised at your accent! Well done on such a good storyline x."
Another baffled Corrie fan added: "Awww you are so lovely, didn't expect the accent."
A third penned: "Love watching you on Corrie (still really impressed by your northern accent)."
While a fourth exclaimed: "OMG you’re a southerner! Great accent."
In upcoming Coronation Street episodes it seems that Phil discovers Fiz’s relationship with Tyrone.
She had hoped for annulment of their marriage, but Phil will no longer agree to that after his heartbreaking discovery. Fiz’s plan comes to a halt as Phil walks in on her having therapy with Tyrone.
Speaking out after the jilting aired, Jamie admitted that the wedding was “brutal” and that it showed that “love is blind.”
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV at 8pm
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