The 27-year-old from Hackney, who received attention worldwide when she made a stand against female dress-codes in the workplace, has been offered the role of Pat Phelan’s (played by Connor McIntyre) secret daughter, Nicola Rubenstein.
A source told the Mirror: "Nicola is Seb Franklin's case worker. Phelan knew her mum but wasn't aware they had a child together.
"However, he recognises Nicola's surname, does the maths and realises the truth. The crux of the story is how she will react, because Nicola was in the dark too."
The introduction of a daughter will cause major problems for sleazy con-artist Pat, who will be forced to consider if he can continue to live his life the same way. But it's uncertain if this will be enough.
Pat Phelan's daughter will reportedly be introduced on the soap
High heels campaigner Nicola could be the newest addition to the Cobbles
How will killer and con-man Pat react to potentially discovering he has a daughter?
Her arrival will make Phelan take a good hard look at himself but will it be enough to make him change his evil ways?
Coronation Street source
"Her arrival will make Phelan take a good hard look at himself but will it be enough to make him change his evil ways?
"We're not certain anything can put Phelan on the straight and narrow," the insider added.
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When she arrived at top City accountancy firm PricewatehouseCooper in May last year, Nicola was immediately sent home without pay when she refused to wear shoes with a "2in to 4in heel", and complained that her male colleagues were not asked to do the same.
After taking the campaign all the way to the top, a subsequent report from MPs stated that employment laws protecting women left a lot to be desired and firms should face "substantial fines" at employment tribunals.
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Pat's daughter will reportedly be a social worker
Meanwhile, another Corrie star – Catherine Tyldesley – showed her support for victims of the Manchester terrorism attack at the British Soap Awards on Saturday night.
The 33-year-old actress said: "I think it's so important for us to stand united as a city and show them how strong we are."