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]

Joining

Melinda (Janet Dibley)

If you like the Nativity! films, you're going to love Corrie's Christmas storyline this year.

Ex-EastEnder Janet Dibley is set to briefly join the cast for the festive episodes, where she will play school headteacher Melinda.

She'll be working on the school's nativity show with Brian Packham, although it's yet to be seen whether Melinda will get an encore in the New Year.

Returning

Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden)

Great news for Corrie fans - Malcolm Hebden is set to make a welcome return to his role as Norris Cole in May 2019.

The actor has been taking a break from his long-running role as grumpy Norris after suffering a heart attack that he says he was lucky to survive.

Malcolm had surgery to repair the hole that it tore in his heart and has been taking some much-needed time to recover since.

We can't wait to see him back on screen and hope he'll be as nosy and bad-tempered as ever.

[Read more: Malcolm Hebden takes a break from Corrie]

Mike Thornberry (Louis Emerick)

Liz's ex Mike is set to make a return after starring for a short stint earlier in the year.

We're expecting to see him back before Christmas, but will it be an early gift or a festive fright for Liz?

Imogen Pascoe (Melissa Johns)

Look out for a blink-and-you'll-miss-it return from Kate Connor's ex-girlfriend Imogen Pascoe in December.

She's set to reappear as part of Kate and Rana's storyline - could she throw a spanner in the works for the pair?

Nicola Rubinstein (Nicola Thorp)

Expect to see Pat Phelan's daughter back in Weatherfield for a few episodes in 2019.

She's still got connections with Gary and Eileen, and is due to return to the street with her baby son Zack - but for how long, and why is she back?

[Read more: Who's leaving and joining EastEnders?]

Leaving

Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine)

Soap star Jennie McAlpine is off on maternity leave again, this time with her second child, Hilda.

Viewers will see her character Fiz leave for a new life in Birmingham with her daughter Hope, but as yet we're not sure how long she'll last in her new home as she hasn't announced a return date.

Lewis Archer (Nigel Havers)

It seems like every year sees a few returns and exits from Lewis Archer, but recent tabloid reports have suggested that the next one is set to be permanent.

Lewis showed up back on the cobbles earlier this year to swindle Audrey out of all her money, but he could get his comeuppance at New Year if The Sun is to be believed.

While we've been promised a joyful, heartwarming Christmas in the soap, New Year is said to be another matter and has even been labelled a bloodbath by some.

Apparently, Lewis is set to be the victim, so this could be the last we see of Nigel Havers in Weatherfield.

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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]

Rumour

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."

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