Coronation Street cast changes: who’s leaving and who’s returning

All the latest on Toyah, Peter, Brian, Sophie...and Ozzy the dog


Having trouble keeping up with the comings and goings on Coronation Street? Need to know who’ll 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…



Michael Rodwell

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.”



Toyah Battersby 

Actress Georgia Taylor is making a Corrie comeback after 13 years away, with her return scenes set to air in December. Said the actress:

“I am thrilled to be re-joining my old friends on the cobbles and hugely excited to be given the opportunity to explore the character of Toyah 13 years on.

“Coronation Street has always had a place in my heart and I’m delighted to be working again with my good friend Jane Danson [Leanne] and bringing the Battersby sisters back together. The script writers and producers have come up with some fantastic, clever, and detailed storylines that have inspired me and I feel excited to get started!”


Brian Packham

Bumbling Brian will be back on screen this November as he returns to Weatherfiled on a a mercy mission to help two beloved Corrie regulars deal with some upcoming drama.

A spokesperson said: “After splitting with Julie, Brian returns to our screens in November to become a confidante and support for friends Ken and Roy, who are both having a troubled time.”

Actor Peter Gunn added: “I am delighted to be asked to come back and play Brian Packham again. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Coronation Street and I am looking forward to seeing what Brian has been up to and what has brought him back to Weatherfield.”


Peter Barlow

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.”


Adam Barlow

And Peter isn’t the only Barlow making a comeback…Ken’s grandson Adam is also set to return, with Kate Oates having negotiated for Sam Robertson (who played Adam between 2004 and 2007) to reprise the role. Said Robertson recently: “I’m delighted to be back. Coronation Street was my first job as an actor and is a special place for me. As a young actor it was a little overwhelming, so I’m looking forward to coming back and stamping my mark on the character – I feel there’s unfinished business with Adam.”


Daniel Osbourne

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.”

Actor Rob Mallard – who is taking on the role of Daniel – said recently: “It feels great to be starting work on Coronation Street and I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone. I grew up watching Coronation Street, so the chance to be in it, especially playing a part like Daniel, is very exciting.”


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