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

Andrea (Luca Malacrino)

February 2019 sees the arrival of a new guest character, Andrea, who will be hoping to land a job as a barber in Nick and David's new business.

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 - and recent reports are that he's looking fit and healthy.

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]

Clayton Hibbs (Callum Harrison)

The ne'er-do-well son of Shona has made an unwelcome return to Corrie where he'll be stirring up further trouble in David Platt's life.

Clayton is currently languishing in prison for the murder of David's wife Kylie, and in a complex web of relationships that would only occur in soapland, David began dating Clayton's mum Shona without at first realising who she was.

Now, David is fully up to speed on the identity of his new girlfriend and the couple have a pact never to discuss Clayton. However the criminal asked his mum to come and see him in prison, where he told her he was being bullied and asked her to help him smuggle in drugs as a means of getting the tormentors off his back.

When Shona refuses, she and David become a target for prison contacts on the outside and one creepy incident will even see someone break into their home and film them sleeping.

Clayton's storyline won't be confined to prison, either, as he'll make a break for freedom while on release for his father's funeral.

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

Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine)

Soap star Jennie McAlpine is away on maternity leave with her second child, Hilda, who was born in October 2018.

Viewers saw 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.

However long the Birmingham stint lasts, one thing seems for sure - Fiz will be back on the cobbles as soon as the actress's maternity leave ends.

Wayne Hayes (Adam Barlow)

Cast your minds back to 2001... anyone remember Roy Cropper's former foster son Wayne?

Well, he's set to make a return after many years off radar, and a new actor has been cast in the role who confusingly has the same name as one of the show's characters.

Apparently, he'll be introduced as a health and safety inspector who pays a visit to Underworld after the factory's roof collapses.

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Rick Neelan (Greg Wood)

It's never good news when Rick Neelan is back in Weatherfield, and this time will be no different.

The loan shark was last seen on the cobbles in 2012 when he kidnapped Rita on her wedding day, but with no shame over his previous actions, he's now rearing his head again.

Rick will stay in the soap for a few months, although it isn't clear which of the street's residents he'll be torturing this time around.

Leaving

Rana Habeeb (Bhavna Limbachia)

Tissues at the ready, Kana fans - the popular romance between Rana Habeeb and Kate Connor is set to be torn apart in 2019.

Bhavna Limbachia has decided to leave her role as Kate's girlfriend and producers are said to be lining up a huge exit storyline for her.

Any fans under the illusion that she'll be happily waved off in the back of a taxi should prepare themselves for the worst, as the rumour is that her final storyline is going to be a tragic one, although as yet there are no further details.

Rumour

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 soap bosses during the session.

Amber Davies

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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