Chris Fountain got tips on how to be a Duckworth from 'Coronation Street' legend Bill Tarmey.

The 23-year-old newcomer - who joined the cast of the ITV1 soap as Weatherfield womaniser Tommy Duckworth earlier this year - sought advice on how to play his new character from the actor, whose alter-ego Jack Duckworth was a central feature of the cobbles for 31 years.

I did have a chat with Bill Tarmey and he gave me a few pointers about being a Duckworth and it was really nice to meet him actually because he's such a legend and soap royalty.

He explained: "I did have a chat with Bill Tarmey and he gave me a few pointers about being a Duckworth and it was really nice to meet him actually because he's such a legend and soap royalty."

After receiving stick from his fellow 'Corrie' cast members about his orange hue, Chris - who previously played troubled teen Justin Burton in Channel 4 soap 'Hollyoaks' - explained his deep fake tan was necessary because his character was supposed to have returned from a trip to Thailand.

He added to ITV1's 'This Morning': "I think there would've been complaints if I'd come back from Thailand without a tan!"

Michelle Keegan - who portrays brunette bombshell Tina McIntyre in the soap - recently revealed Chris had been ridiculed by his co-stars, in particular Craig Gazey (Graeme Proctor), for his love of fake tan.

She said: "All the lads take the mick because his fake tan is so extreme. He's getting bored with Craig calling him Chris Foun-tan now."