Who is Joe Duttine? Coronation Street’s Tim Metcalfe real life away from soap with co-star fiancée

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Joe Duttine has starred as Tim Metcalfe in Coronation Street since joining the soap in 2013.

The actor, who hails from West Yorkshire, has racked up some serious television roles in his career since starting out in 1992 with his role on the cobbles his longest after TV series Pie in the Sky back in the nineties.

For Joe, working on Corrie isn't just where he landed his dream role but also where he found love, after he confirmed he'd popped the question to his co-star girlfriend Sally Carman back in March.

But what is Joe Duttine's life like away from the cobbles at Tim? Let's take a look…

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Who plays Tim Metcalfe in Coronation Street?

Tim Metcalfe first arrived in Coronation Street in 2011 as Faye Windass' (Ellie Leach) real father, with Joe Duttine playing the role.

He previously appeared in the soap as a police officer but returned as a regular, with storylines including his illegal marriage to Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor) as well as discovering recently that his dad Geoff was abusing his wife Yasmeen.

Onscreen Tim has only realised his dad's true colours, which viewers have witnessed in some brutally horrific storylines over the past year.

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The story has had such an affect on viewers that Joe revealed he had been branded an "thick" in the street for his character's belief his dad was innocent.

"I've literally had people calling me thick and all sorts on the street," Joe said. "I was filling my car up the other day and someone shouted 'Oy Tim, you thick b****r'. This storyline has reached so many people and everyone wanted Tim to realise what is going on.

"The reaction on social media once he found out was brilliant and it was great to get the feedback that people enjoyed the episodes. It's good to know that people think you are doing a good job, it gave me a real lift and it's very much appreciated," he told Digital Spy.

Who is Joe Duttine engaged to?

Joe Duttine first sparked rumours he was dating his co-star Sally Carman, who plays Abi Franklin, in late 2018 and were then spotted together on several dates in Manchester before their romance was confirmed.

They moved in together in November 2019, sharing a sweet picture inside their stunning kitchen as they hugged each other. Sally wrote in the caption: "We're in #homesweethome #thelightisntwonkyhonest"

In March they celebrated their engagement news when Joe shared a picture on Twitter of the pair clinking glasses of champagne in the garden, with a stunning green-emerald ring seen on Sally’s wedding finger.

Sally shared the same image on her Instagram and wrote: "So this happened…#yes.”

The pair revealed during a chat on ITV's Lorraine how they fell for each other behind the scenes on the show, saying they “clicked slowly”.

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Will Tim Metcalfe and Abi Franklin get together on Coronation Street?

While the pair are loved-up in real life, Sally and Joe are not too keen on their two characters getting together on the soap, as it would ruin the romance between well-loved character and on-screen wife Sally (Sally Dynevor).

Sally recently told Inside Soap: "That would just be awful on every level! I would hate for Abi to get in the middle of Tim and Sal, because they work brilliantly.

"Also, Joe and I don't want to work together – we see enough of each other at home!" she joked.

It echoes what Joe told the publication earlier this year: "That’s the last thing me and Sally want! It would be a disaster. We would make each other laugh all the time, we wouldn’t be able to concentrate – and it’d be a little too close to home, wouldn’t it?

"We don’t want that as it’s nice to have a life away from the Street," he reasoned.

"We met at Corrie and that’s always going to be special for us, but we don’t want to act it out on screen!"

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