Corrie fans have recently been left slack-jawed with surprise following the introduction of Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine), the biological dad of Faye Windass (Ellie Leach). The reason for their amazement? Well, it’s all down to the fact that he bears an uncanny resemblance to DS Max Carr, the Weatherfield copper who, in 2010, arrested Gail McIntyre (Helen Worth) for the murder of her husband Joe.
Amanda Pickering tweeted: “Do the producers think we’ll have forgotten last time Joe Duttine was in #corrie he played a policeman?”
Mrs McIntosh added “You’d think they’d credit the audience with a bit more savvy.”
A Coronation Street spokesperson addressed concerns with the response: "Joe is a talented actor who brings something completely different to the role of Tim Metcalfe than he did to his previous role."
But should we really be that surprised by this casting? After all, Corrie has a long history of its actors taking on multiple roles. Do you remember Sue Cleaver (Eileen) playing Sister Treece, the nurse who cared for Denise Osborune when she miscarried? How about Maggie Jones (Blanche) as shoplifter Maggie Monks? Or even Beverley Callard (Liz), who first appeared as June Dewhurst, a friend of Gail and Brian Tilsley?
And then there’s…
Hebden first appeared in 1974 as Carlos, Bet’s Spanish waiter, who proposed to nervy Mavis Riley (Thelma Barlow) in order to gain a work permit. He exited in 1975 only to return in 1994 as Derek Wilton’s gnome-thieving colleague Norris.
Two years before Carla Connor took the reins at Underworld, Alison King played Mrs Fanshaw, a saucy housewife who bedded Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas) after he’d plumbed in her radiator. You can see her in action here.
Michael Le Vell
We know him now as garage stalwart Kevin Webster, but Michael Le Vell made his Street debut in 1981 as troublemaking paperboy Neil Grimshaw. He lasted a mere two episodes, but Le Vell came back in 1984 to take on the role of Kev, a part he plays to this day.
Richard “you should have stayed at the party, Maxine!” Hillman may have secured Brian Capron’s place in the Corrie Hall of Fame, but surely his was a familiar face already? Ah yes, for here he is as Don Worthington, the social worker who helped Rita foster Sharon and subsequently Jenny.
“Je m’apelle Raquel,” said Sarah Lancashire in her most famous Street incarnation as barmaid Raquel Watts (nee Wolstenhulme). But in 1987, she was seen in the guise of Wendy Farmer, a nurse who answered Jack Duckworth’s advert for a lodger at No 9. Not that Vera was so keen on having someone so attractive around the house…