Bruno Langley is to return to Coronation Street, as Eileen Grimshaw’s prodigal son Todd arrives back in Weatherfield.
Todd, who was last seen making a brief appearance in April 2011, will be on screens from this autumn after making a move back home from London. Show bosses are promising that Todd’s presence on the street will “mean heartache for more than one Corrie resident”.
Speaking today, Langley said: “Having worked extensively in the theatre for the past few years, I am very happy to be coming back to Corrie, getting back on screen, and working with my old cast mates again. Since I left in 2004 I have met many wonderful people, and done some amazing jobs, but best of all I now have a beautiful son Freddie Langley.
“Right now seems to be a great time to return to The Street, as I have just moved back to Manchester myself, and it’s going to be interesting to see if Todd has changed after being in London for so long, as I have changed as a person too.
“I would like to thank our producer Stuart for inviting me back, and it’s definitely going to make me smile when the Grimshaw family are finally back together again!”
Corrie producer Stuart Blackburn added: “I’m really happy to welcome Bruno back to Weatherfield. Todd is a much loved character who has real history on the show and his return will leave Eileen with some impossible choices.”
Todd originally appeared on Coronation Street between 2001 and 2004 and was at the centre of a high profile storyline that saw him struggle with his sexuality and become the soap’s first acknowledged gay character. Most famously, Todd was seen making a pass at a sleeping Nick Tilsley (then played by Adam Rickitt) in a scene that featured the first gay kiss in Coronation Street’s history.
Since leaving the Street, Langley has appeared in Doctor Who and had a successful stage career that has seen him take roles in Romeo and Juliet, A Taste of Honey, Calendar Girls and – more recently – the 60th anniversary tour of The Mousetrap.
News of Todd Grimshaw’s return follows the announcement last week that Beverley Callard will be reprising the role of Liz McDonald later in 2013.