Coronation Street’s evil loan shark Rick Neelan and footballer Tommy Orpington are real-life brothers off-screen – but actors Greg Wood and Matt Milburn have never appeared in the same soap scene


CORONATION Street’s Rick Neelan and Tommy Orpington are played by real-life brothers Greg Wood and Matt Milburn, but have never shared a scene in the ITV soap.

Greg recently reprised his role as evil loan shark Rick, targeting Gary Windass – who owes him thousands of pounds.

Greg [left] and Matt are brothers who both appear in the ITV soap

He will also be seen trying to force Gary into conning the elderly out of their life savings in a bid to make some fast cash.

Soap villain Rick made his first appearance on the cobbles in 2009, joining the soap to torment Joe McIntyre and threatening the character’s daughter.

He returned in 2012, this time targeting Tommy Duckworth and kidnapping Rita Tanner on her wedding day.

Meanwhile, Matt plays famous Weatherfield County footballer Tommy, who has made regular appearances in the show since 2016 when he hired Michelle Connor as his wedding planner, leaving her then-husband Steve McDonald starstruck.

Greg plays evil loan shark Rick Neelan
Rick recently returned to Weatherfield to target Gary Windass
Matt makes regular appearances as local celebrity Tommy in Corrie

He also made an appearance for Jack Webster’s harrowing sepsis storyline, and even featured as a VIP guest at the opening of David Platt and Nick Tilsley’s barber shop earlier this year.

Matt previously played Joe Spencer in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.

As of yet, the siblings haven’t been seen together in the show – but that might change with Greg’s latest stint.

Greg previously stunned Corrie fans when he shared a photo of himself with Matt at his wedding to his Instagram page.

Tommy left Steve McDonald starstruck in one storyline
Greg previously shared this photo with his brother and their dad for Father’s Day


The actor captioned the snap: “Beautiful day, couldn’t of gone better. Proud of my bro.”

His followers were shocked by the revelation, with one commenting: “Oh my god, I never would have made the connection that you were brothers??!!”

He also tweeted a photo of himself and Matt with their dad on Father’s Day, writing: “Happy Father’s Day!! Love you pops, you make your kids proud.”

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