Coronation Street has announced today that there are no current plans to bring back Curly Watts, the character played for 20 years by Kevin Kennedy.
A posting on the show’s official Twitter account said: “You may have read reports on the return of Curly Watts, but we can confirm that there are no plans to bring him back at the moment.”
Yesterday, the Sunday Mirror was reporting that Kennedy was tipped for a comeback after meeting with current producer Stuart Blackburn. However, the actor himself took to Twitter to clarify the situation when he wrote:
“Thanks for your lovely messages, yes I had lunch with Stuart, Coro’s producer, but nothing is imminent or even definite.”
During his two decades 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.”