Coronation Street: who is leaving, returning to and joining the soap?

Your essential guide to the comings and goings on the cobbles

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It is a big year for Coronation Street with the ITV soap celebrating a remarkable 60 years on the air. The celebrations may not have gone exactly to plan so far given what 2020 has been throwing at us all, but we are promised big things in December to mark the occasion.

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As for cast changes, there has not been a huge amount this year given the break in production and the episode reduction, but some significant changes are on the way- including the end of a character who all of us are hoping will see his comeuppance.

There is also an old favourite that has already left but is due to make a comeback to give the character the send off she deserves.

Here are all the Coronation Street changes we know of so far, but do keep checking back as we will continually update this page as more news comes to light.

Leaving

Paula Martin (Stirling Gallacher)

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Although not strictly a regular character, viewers are seeing less of the lawyer on the cobbles at the moment following Gallacher’s casting in Casualty as copper Ffion Morgan, wife to paramedic Jan Jenning. The former star of Doctors and The Office has been a recurring presence in Corrie since 2018, and had flings with both Sophie Webster and Tracy Barlow. Her Casualty duties don’t necessarily mean the end of Paula, who ranks as one of the semi-regulars that come and go as and when storylines dictate, her recent cameo at Yasmeen Metcalfe’s plea hearing being a prime example.

Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard)

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For a while, we thought that we would never see her again after we found out that Liz has already left Coronation Street. Due to the COVID lockdown, Callard’s final scenes were scrapped and Liz has now left the show without an on-screen goodbye. The character was set for an explosive exit this summer but the pandemic-induced shutdown meant actress Beverley Callard’s final scenes were delayed, and with the star unavailable now that the soap is filming again, her exit has already occurred off-screen and fans won’t be seeing the character again. It has since been reported, however, that both Callard and the show’s producers are keen to get her back again when she is available- so we should be able to at least get some closure for Liz.

Geoff Metcalfe (Ian Bartholomew)

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The evil Geoff who has been making Yasmeen’s life a living hell for some time now will be exiting the show later in 2020, as confirmed by show boss Iain Mcleod earlier this year- although give the delay in filming it is possible that may be shifted back slightly. With it being confirmed that there will be no redemption for Geoff, we can either expect him to leave in a police car or a body bag. Only time will tell but we cannot wait to see Yasmeen vindicated and free of him for good.

Returning

Dylan Wilson (Liam McCheyne)

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Dylan, the son of Sean Tully (Anthony Cotton) has not been seen since the father and son pair share Christmas together back in 2012. Now living with his mother in London, the youngster has not seen a huge amount of Sean with the character last going to pay him a visit, off-screen, in 2019.

Well, he is on his way back to the cobbles later this month to see his dad once again and the now 12-year-old Dylan will be played by Liam again. Liam shared the role previously with his real-life brother, Connor, but now has made the role his own. Will we be seeing a more permanent return at some point down the line?

Cast members over 70

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When Corrie resumed filming after lockdown in early June 2020, the show announced no cast or crew members over the age of 70 would be back on set until it was deemed safe to do so. Working within government guidelines to protect the vulnerable age group means we have not seen the likes of Ken Barlow, Audrey Roberts, Rita Tanner, Evelyn Plummer, Norris Cole or Roy Cropper for a little while, but recent reports indicate they should be back to work shortly- so fingers crossed we do not have too long to wait until we see the golden residents of the cobbles again.

Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent)

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Sally’s little girl is off travelling to accommodate Vincent’s real-life maternity leave (she gave birth to a son in October 2019). She’s expected to return later in 2020 but there’s no official word yet. Screen mum Sally Dynevor recently said she hoped Soph would be back for her alter ego’s upcoming wedding to Tim Metcalfe, and also has her fingers crossed big sister Rosie could return too…

Rumours

Rosie Webster (Helen Flanagan)

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This may be wishful thinking on the part of Flanagan herself (and us if we are honest) but she has been quite vocal about her desire to return to the ITV soap- for the 60th-anniversary and beyond.

Whilst Flanagan being pregnant would rule out a full-time comeback at the moment, could it be that show bosses will be able to get her back for the celebration episodes- even if it is just fleetingly? Rosie is currently based in Japan, living it up as a game show host and we would love to see how that star turn has changed her. Even if she is not back soon, we would be surprised if a Rosie return was not on the cards in the future.

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