Coronation Street: Alison King to return as Carla Connor at Christmas

Corrie fans will be in for a dramatic festive season thanks to Carla’s comeback


Alison King will return to Coronation Street as Carla Connor this Christmas, Radio Times can reveal.


Speaking in the new issue, show boss Kate Oates has teased what Corrie fans can expect to see once Carla makes her comeback to Weatherfield.

Says the producer: “Ever since I got here, it’s been rumoured that Carla’s coming back. But it was never true. Even the latest indications of it. Ali has only just signed her contract and she’ll be back around Christmas.

“It’s time to break new ground with Carla. I didn’t want to put her on that familiar cycle of self-destruction, recovery, followed by more self-destruction.

“What we’ll have instead are these two strong Connor women – Carla and Michelle – on opposing sides and in conflict for a change. It’ll be a refreshing dynamic for us to see.”


Carla hasn’t been seen on screen since May 2016 when her wedding to Nick Tilsley was ruined and she left town seemingly for good.

Talking to at the time about her reasons for exiting, Alison King said that she wanted to spend more time with her daughter Daisy:

“All Daisy has ever known is me getting out of the house at 7.30 in the morning and getting back when she’s in bed. I’ve probably only ever done about 20 pick-ups or drop-offs in all the time she’s been at school, which is quite sad,” said the actress.

During her original decade on the Street, formidable factory boss Carla was involved in no end of drama, from car crashes to fires by way of a hostage crisis at Underworld.

Commenting on Carla’s dramatic life, King said: “Over the last ten years, it’s just been one thing after another. In real life, she’d have been sectioned by now.”


You can read the whole interview with Kate Oates in the new issue of Radio Times out tomorrow (Tuesday).