Kevin Kennedy has responded to stories in today’s press that his Coronation Street character Curly Watts is set to return to the ITV soap.
Writing on Twitter, the 51-year-old actor stated: “Thanks for your lovely messages, yes I had lunch with Stuart, Coro’s producer, but nothing is imminent or even definite.”
Kennedy’s message came after reports emerged that Curly, a Corrie staple between 1983 and 2003, had met with the show’s new boss Stuart Blackburn to discuss a potential comeback.
A source is reported to have told the Sunday Mirror: “Curly is an absolute Street legend. He was involved in some brilliant storylines. There have been murmurings that he may be in line for a comeback for years, but now it looks like the time has come.
“He recently had a dinner meeting with Stuart Blackburn and it was extremely positive. Stuart has a real sense of the history of Corrie and has a great deal of affection for some of the older characters. Curly Watts certainly fits into that bracket. They sat down and discussed old storylines and all the new directions they could take the character. Stuart will now speak to the rest of the production crew and when they have their next forward planning meeting they will work out potential plots. If that all goes well they will get him back in and start filming.”
During his 20 years on the cobbles, Curly was famed for his double act with supermarket boss Reg Holdsworth (Ken Morley) and his on-off relationship with barmaid Raquel Wolstenhulme (Sarah Lancashire). Despite leaving in 2003, Kennedy went on to appear as Curly in the 2010 DVD spin-off A Knight’s Tale as well as 2012 live musical Coronation Street: Street of Dreams.
Speaking in January last year, Kennedy said: “It’s no secret that I would love to come back to the Street, and it will probably happen at some point.”