Coronation Street: Who's leaving, who's joining and who's returning?

All the latest news for who's confirmed as joining and quitting the ITV soap.

It’s been a turbulent time on the cobbles of late, with so many actors coming and going that you might find it hard to keep up with the current residents.

So here is our handy guide to all the actors leaving, returning and joining Coronation Street…

[Read more: All the latest soap news and spoilers]

New arrival

Evelyn Plummer (Maureen Lipman)

Maureen Lipman

Acclaimed British actress Maureen Lipman CBE has joined the cast of Coronation Street. Maureen will play Tyrone Dobb’s grandma Evelyn Plummer.

She comes into his life after he decides to research his family history following the recent death of his mum Jackie. Outspoken battleaxe Evelyn will soon be ruling the roost at number 9 much to Fiz’s dismay and it isn’t long before she starts to ruffle a few feathers on the Street.

Coronation Street Producer Iain MacLeod said: "I am beyond thrilled that we are introducing such a great new character, played by someone of Maureen’s pedigree. Evelyn is eye-wateringly withering and will add a fresh dollop of northern humour to the show as she turns Tyrone and Fiz’s lives upside down.”

Maureen is currently appearing in new a one woman show at Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Maureen Lipman is ‘Up For It’ is playing the Assembly George Square Theatre until 12th August.

Maureen has starred in many films including Roman Polanski’s award winning film The Pianist, Educating Rita and Oklahoma. She has appeared in TV series such as All at Number 20, The Fugitives and Plebs. She is also remembered for her role as Beatie in the
1980s BT Adverts. Maureen made a brief appearance in Coronation Street in 2002 as snooty landlady Lillian Spencer. Her theatre credits include over twenty five West End productions including the award winning Oklahoma with Hugh Jackman. Of her ten humorous books, How Was it for You? remains the most popular.

Evelyn will make her debut on the cobbles in September. Further details of how Tyrone finds his grandma are being kept under wraps until her first appearance.

Shock return

Nick Tilsley (Ben Price)

nick tisley

Troubled Nick Tilsley left Corrie in May 2017, waving goodbye to Nick's Bistro and his mum Gail Platt after struggling with brain damage and the betrayal of his on/off partner Leanne Battersby.

After discovering baby Oliver was in fact not his, but the lovechild of a one-night stand between Leanne and Steve McDonald, Nick was never quite the same again. Leanne begged him to stay on the street, but he refused and has not been seen on the cobbles since.

But according to The Sun, he is set to return this summer in a big Corrie storyline shake-up. The source revealed:

"Exactly how Nick will be brought back into the fray is still to be decided. But the Platts, and in particular Nick, are a massive part of the Corrie family and always at the heart of some of the show’s biggest storylines.Producers are currently coming up with a bombshell way for him to come back to Weatherfield."

Lewis Archer (Nigel Havers)

Nigel Havers in Coronation Street as Lewis Archer

Nigel Havers is making a shock comeback to Coronation Street as crafty conman Lewis Archer.

Lewis will be back causing trouble for Audrey Roberts and the Platt family very soon and the first pictures of Havers on set, reveal that he gets into a scrap with Roy Cropper (David Neilson).

Lewis Archer was last seen on the Cobbles in 2013, but he hasn't been back since he attempted to con Audrey and Gail. The police told the family that he had gone on the run in Belize.

Havers will make his comeback alongside Claudia Colby (Rula Lenska), Audrey Roberts glamourous on/off friend.

Character re-casting

Alex Neeson (James Burrows) - Previously played by Dario Coates

James Burrows

(James Burrows)

Coronation Street's Michelle Connor (Kym Marsh) will be visited by her biological son for the first time in 10 years.

Alex Neeson will be back on the Cobbles soon, but will be played by a different actor. James Burrows (Mount Pleasant, Lovem Lies and Records) replaced Dario Coates in the role.

In the original storyline, Michelle discovered that Alex was her real son and not Ryan (Sol Heras) and that there had been a hospital mix-up.


Ryan Connor (Ryan Prescott)

ryan connor

Not only has Michelle's biological son Ali Neeson (James Burrows) returned, but now Michelle's non-biological son Ryan Connor is set to return to the soap in time to see his mum marry Robert Preston. Ali was previously played by Sol Heras, but has not been seen on the Cobbles since leaving the Street in 2013 for a new life in Ibiza. Now played by Ryan Prescott, he is set to return for Michelle's big day and seriously butt heads with Ali. Ryan and Ali were embroiled in a shocking baby swap storyline back in 2008 that changed both of their lives forever.

Fiona Middleton (Angela Griffin)

Angela Griffin - Fiona Middleton

It has been 20 years since Fiona Middleton drove away from Weatherfield in the back of a black cab with her son Morgan. However, Angela Griffin has hinted that she would be open to a return to the cobbles.

The much-loved 90s character was one of Steve McDonald's many doomed romances and Griffin said that she would be interested in a return if the storyline was right.

The actress spoke about her former role on the soap during a discussion about Sean Wilson's surprise comeback to the soap.

"If he's [Sean Wilson] going back you never know who else goes back..." Griffin told Lorraine. "You never know. Never say never...

"It's got to be a cracking storyline and it's got to have Steve McDonald in it.

"Who knows if I will get in another black cab and come back."

Emily Bishop (Eileen Derbyshire)

emily bishop

We last saw Corrie legend Emily Bishop at the end of 2016 when she abruptly left the Street to do charity work in Peru and visit her nephew Spider Nugent (who was last seen on the Cobbles in 2003).

Actress Eileen Derbyshire has been playing Emily since 1961, and decided to take a sabbatical from the soap. However, it’s been rumoured since April that she will be returning to Corrie at some point this year. Watch this space.


Eva Price (Catherine Tyldesley)

Catherine Tyldesley

Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley has thanked fans for their support as she revealed she is exiting the ITV soap.

Tyldesley, 34, was the focus of one of this year’s big storylines as her character, bar maid Eva Price, discovered boyfriend Aidan Connor (played by Shayne Ward) was cheating on her.

“Feeling so emotional and blown away by your kind comments right now. THANKYOU. I’m so glad you’ve loved Eva as much as I do. Xxx," she wrote on Twitter.

In a statement announcing her departure, she said it had been a “dream job” which made it a “difficult decision to leave”.

She added: “Eva has been such fun to play over the last seven years, and who knows, one day she might storm the cobbles of Weatherfield again. In the meantime I’m excited about the future, new acting projects, and spending time with my family.”

She joined Coronation Street in 2011 and left briefly in 2015 to go on maternity leave.

[Read more: Catherine Tyldesley talks massive shocks and baby drama]


Amber Davies

Amber Davies

Love Island winner Amber Davies has been linked to a role in Coronation Street after she met up with producers from the show in Manchester.

Amber was meeting the casting team for advice on how to break into acting, but sources have claimed that she impressed the soap during the session.

Amber has trained for three years in musical theatre and has spoken previously about her desire to break into TV or theatre.

"I'd love to go into a soap," Amber told Lorraine. "I'd love to use my talent and a passion to do what I want and have a long future in what I love to do."

Taking a break

Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden)

Michael Hebden - Norris Cole

Coronation Street star Malcolm Hebden, who plays Norris Cole, is taking a break from the show.

The 78-year-old first appeared in the soap as the much-loved character in 1994.

Before being cast as Norris, who works in The Kabin,  he played another Weatherfield character, Carlos, in 1974.

The Sun quoted an ITV source as saying that the Chester-born actor, known for his busybody alter-ego, is currently away from the soap and “bosses do not know when he will be back”.

Talking about his classic character, Hebden previously told the Manchester Evening News: “I quite enjoy making people laugh. And children seem to like Norris. Perhaps he reminds them of their grandad.”

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