Having trouble keeping up with the comings and goings on Coronation Street? Need to know who’s going to be making an impact in Weatherfield over the next few months? Well, help is at hand! Here’s your complete guide to the upcoming entrances and exits on Corrie…
Les Dennis has promised that his Corrie character Michael Rodwell is to exit as part of “a very dramatic storyline”. Speaking back in July when his departure was announced, Dennis said:
“As a lifelong fan of the show, playing Michael Rodwell in Coronation Street has been a dream come true. Becoming part of the ITV Coronation Street family has been a wonderful experience and my decision to leave was a hard one.
“The talented team of writers and producers have come up with a very dramatic exit for Michael on the show which will be exciting to film. I’ll treasure the two and a half years I have been part of such an iconic show and move on with very fond memories, so many lovely friends and colleagues and an ambition achieved.”
Sophie Webster (temporarily)
Actress Brooke Vincent will take an eight-week leave of absence to play 19-year-old mum Mary Adams in a production of Be My Baby at the Lowry Theatre in Manchester. But she also signed another one-year deal with Corrie back in February, so fans can still expect plenty of drama for Sophie in the future.
Ozzy the dog
Maria’s pet labrador is to meet his maker in tragic upcoming scenes. Said a show source recently: “It’s utterly devastating for Maria – and viewers. Ozzy has been by her side since 2007 when her then-husband Liam gave him to her as a present.
“When Liam was killed in a hit-and-run it was Ozzy who was her main source of comfort. His absence couldn’t come at a worse time with heartache already on the horizon now she’s tangled up in a love triangle with Aidan Connor and his girlfriend Eva Price.”
Former Emmerdale star Paul Loughran – who played Butch Dingle between 1994 and 2000 – is to play Craig’s father, Darryl. Yes, it is perfect casting and, yes, Darryl shares the same name as Craig’s pet rat. Beth will be seen revealing to Craig that his father has spent most of his life behind bars. For his part, Craig – who has hopes of a career in the police force – is devastated. But will there be a reconciliation between father and son?
Chris Gascoyne is to make a permanent return as everyone’s favourite philandering alcoholic later this year. Show boss Kate Oates had this to say of the signing:
“Peter is rarely single and he may have someone in his sights when he returns and he may not be completely honest. Then something happens when he arrives that’s unexpected and which means that he has to stay.”
After being asked how long actor Chris Gascoyne would be back on the soap, Oates replied: “as long as I can tie him down” before adding, “He’s got such an amazing presence and energy on screen.”
And Peter isn’t the only Barlow making a comeback…Ken’s grandson Adam is also set to return, with Kate Oates negotiating for Sam Robertson (who played Adam between 2004 and 2007) to reprise the role.
Plus we’ll also see Ken’s other son Daniel Osbourne – a move (along with the reintroduction of Peter and Adam) that will put the Barlow family front and centre. Said producer Kate Oates:
“One of the longest-running families is the Barlows and why would you not want to strengthen them?
“So I’m excited to bring Peter back to the show. I am delighted to meet Daniel Osbourne, who is Ken’s son with Denise, and I’m excited to bring back Adam, who is Mike Baldwin’s son and Ken’s grandson.
“I’m looking forward to seeing that first family on the soap sending ripples through the street.”