CURVY Kelly Crabtree will bring New Year spice to Corrie when she launches sexy underwear parties as a saucy sideline.Viewers will see shapely factory lass Kelly modelling her own red-hot range of knickers and bras and it is not long before the cash rolls in.
Street bosses have decided to make Kelly, played by stunning Tupele Dorgu, 29, one of the ITV1 show's major characters in 2008.
Apart from setting up her lucrative undies business, Kelly will also find a fella.
But that only happens after she is the subject of a wager to get her into bed.
Dodgy father and son Harry and Dan Mason, who just manage to keep on the right side of the law while running their chain of betting shops, strike the wager over the sexy knicker stitcher.
Cocky bookie Dan - actor Matthew Crompton, 36 - bets his dad Harry that he can get one of the Underworld machinists between the sheets without any problem.
Harry (Jack Ellis, 52) happily accepts and his son soon sets his sights on sexy Kelly as his top target.
Dan gives her his cheesiest one-liners and is on the verge of winning the bet, until Kelly rumbles the scam and cancels their date.
But dumped Dan realises he does have true feelings for Kelly and the pair become genuine lovers.
A Coronation Street insider said last night: "It's a glowing tribute to the popularity of Kelly's character that bosses have got some top storylines in store for her.
"They will deservedly push her into the limelight next year and make her one of the show's leading figures."
Speaking about Kelly's new lingerie business, the source added: "She has a stunning figure.
"It will be a real treat for her male fans to see her in the skimpy underwear."
Leggy Tupele, from Preston, Lancs, arrived on the Street back in 2004 playing the feisty factory worker.