Jeff Hordley believes Cain's new romance with Harriet won't change his bad boy ways
Hordley plays shady mechanic Cain Dingle who has found romance with police-officer-turned-vicar Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton), pushing aside worries that she may discover his part in a recent drugs debacle that involved a long-running and violent feud with Ross Barton (Michael Parr).
But the actor said that Harriet was probably not going to be Cain's path to the straight and narrow.
He said: "I don't think she's going to change him because I think the DNA of Cain is always going to stay there.
"I think he's mellowed as the years have gone on and we saw that with Moira (Natalie J Robb).
Jeff believes Cain's DNA will never change
I don't think she's going to change him because I think the DNA of Cain is always going to stay there.
"But I think basically you've got to take the fact that Harriet's a vicar and Cain is this guy who has a garage and a little bit of a criminal thing going on the side. I think you've got to look beyond that and see they just like each other as individuals and I don't think the good and bad plays a part in it, really."
Hordley added that Cain would only consider rekindling his romance with ex Moira if he knew beyond doubt that she wanted him back.
Cain is currently dating police-officer-turned-vicar Harriet Finch (Katherine Dow Blyton)
He said: "He would only do that if Moira gave him a definite green light – even if she gave him an amber, he'd go, 'No, I'm not going back there'.
"He'd have to have a real green, flashing light of her saying, 'I'm ready to have you back', and then he might be put in a dilemma.
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"There's probably underneath it all feelings, but as far as he's concerned, it's over."
Hordley added: "I've been really lucky over the years to work with some great female actors – Natalie J Robb, Emma Atkins, Charley Webb and now Katherine, they're all strong actors who make me look a lot better."