Simon Gregson will return to Coronation Street next week

The actor - who plays Steve McDonald on the ITV soap - is set to resume filming following an extended leave of absence

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Coronation Street stalwart Steve McDonald will finally return to the cobbles as star Simon Gregson has revealed he’ll be back filming next week.

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The actor took an extended leave of absence from the soap in 2015 for personal reasons, leaving on-screen wife Michelle (Kym Marsh) and mum Liz (Beverley Callard) running the Rovers Return.

Gregson appeared on Manchester’s Key103 Breakfast to reveal his big news this morning, and co-star Marsh was quick to share her excitement on Twitter.

The soap’s current storyline has seen Steve leave Weatherfield for Spain in order to stay with sibling Andy, but fans will no doubt be delighted to see the character back on screen over the coming months.

You can watch a 60-second rundown of all next week’s drama on Coronation Street below.

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