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]

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.


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."

Martin Platt (Sean Wilson)

martin platt back on Corrie

Corrie legend Martin Platt is set to make his long-awaited return to the Cobbles to help David cope with his upcoming male rape story ordeal.

We haven’t seen Martin on the Street since 2005, when he took a nursing job in Liverpool and moved away with new girlfriend Robyn.

[More from Corrie: First look at David Platt's male rapist]

The notorious womaniser first arrived at Corrie way back in 1985 aged just 19. The ex-wife of fellow Corrie superstar Gail Platt, a source told The Sun he will be back for a ‘a good few weeks’:

“Martin has been mentioned a lot on the show since he left but it has involved other characters, mostly David, going to see him off-screen.

“But with David’s rape storyline, the writers thought it would be a good time to have him back properly.

“It’s not a permanent arrangement but fans will get to see Sean back as Martin for a good few weeks,” the source said.

Sean notoriously fell out with the soap back in 2005 when he refused to be part of a storyline that planned to have Martin have a relationship with an underage girl. Since then he’s become an award-winning cheesemaker, with his cheese brand The Saddleworth Cheese Co.

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.


Anna Windass (Debbie Rush)

anna windass

Anna has been on the cobbles for almost a decade but will shortly be departing the Street for good. The long-suffering Anna has recently reignited her feud with evil Pat Phelan by telling his daughter Nicola all about his evil ways, and it’s rumoured he may be the one to finish poor Anna off.

Whether Anna lives or dies is unknown, but Corrie producer Kate Oates told WhatsOnTV that either way, Anna will bow out with a bang.

“Debbie’s decision to pursue other roles will allow us to play an exciting exit story for Anna, which will see her fighting for her family and tackling old enemies head-on,” said Oates.

[Read more: Debbie Rush - Leaving Corrie after nine years is terrifying]

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]

Aidan Connor (Shayne Ward)

Aidan Connor

Popstar turned soapstar Shayne Ward has confirmed that he is leaving Coronation Street in 2018.

The former X Factor winner joined the soap three years ago and the writers are planning a dramatic farewell for the popular character Aidan Connor.

Ward is expected to stay on the show for another six months and will be involved in the return of Carla Connor (Alison King) to the cobbles this Christmas.

Aidan Connor's biggest storyline was his dramatic wedding to Eva Price (Catherine Tyldesley) and his love triangle with Maria Connor (Samia Ghadie).


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."

New arrival

Mike (Louis Emerick)

Louis Emerick

Former Brookside actor Louis Emerick has signed up for a role in Coronation Street as a new love interest for Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard).

His character 'Mike' is an old school teacher of Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) and he'll bump into Liz through Steve and develop a crush.

According to The Mirror, it is a short term deal to appear in Corrie, but it could be extended if the character is popular.

Emerick's most well known for playing taxi driver Mick Johnson in the axed Channel 4 soap Brookside between 1989 and 2001, but he's also starred in Last of the Summer Wine and a touring stage production of The Full Monty.

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.”

Killed off

Katy Armstrong (Georgia May Foote)

Georgia May Foote

A return for Georgia May Foote to Coronation Street is off the cards, afterher popular character Katy Armstrong was killed off in an off-screen car crash earlier in October. 

Foote left the soap in 2015 to take part in Strictly Come Dancing and recently moved to Hollywood hoping to launch her career in the US.

[Read more: Who's leaving Emmerdale?]

The character's most memorable storylines included giving birth on Christmas day to baby Joseph and her affair with Ryan Connor, which ended her romance with Chesney Brown.

Georgia May Foote

Katy's death wasn't shown and led to Chesney Brown heading to Portugal to bring home his son Joseph.

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