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…

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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.

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).

[Read more: 7 shocking Coronation Street Christmas spoilers]

Back from the dead?

Gary Windass (Mikey North)

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Coronation Street viewers were left fuming after the show revealed the "death" of Mikey North's character Gary Windass, expressing their sentiments across social media.

The message on social media said: "A devastated Sarah finally accepts the news of Gary's death, Luke confronts Rana and things get worse for Robert. 💔”

Although there have been lots of rumours about Gary’s upcoming death, fans of the show were still shocked that the news was broken in such a strange way and without warning.

[Read more: What is happening in the soaps this Christmas?]

"Um, what? Cheers for that, you have even spoiled the spoiler now!” said one devastated fan.

Another fan complained: "You’ve been feeding us rubbish storylines for months then you put out a massive spoiler like this ... thanks #Corrie 😖"

Mikey North has been playing Gary Windass since 2008.

However, Gary has already made his big comeback to the cobbled streets of Corrie. Returning to a joyous Sarah and seemingly alive and well, their initial happiness was quickly spoiled by David's revelations. 

Exposing Gary's affair and Nicola's pregnancy to a bewildered Sarah, its turned out to be a less than warm homecoming. Does this mean Gary is now back for good? There hasn't been an official announcement that Mikey is leaving the soap, but rumours continue to swirl that his return may be short-lived...

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.

Christmas Return

Carla Connor (Alison King)

Alison King - Carla Connor

After months of rumours, Alison King has confirmed that she is heading back to Coronation Street. The soap favourite will make a dramatic return to the Cobbles at Christmas.

Producer Kate Oates told Radio Times: “It’s time to break new ground with Carla. I didn’t want to put her on that familiar cycle of self-destruction, recovery, followed by more self-destruction.

“What we’ll have instead are these two strong Connor women – Carla and Michelle (played by Kym Marsh) – on opposing sides and in conflict for a change.”

[Read more: Corrie boss on Carla's upcoming return]

The former Emmerdale producer continued: “The presence of strong women was the backbone of the show as Tony Warren created it.

“The tone and content of the stories have moved on, and so have the female characters, but that strength has still to be there for it to be truly Corrie.

“On Emmerdale, I was uncomfortably aware that I’d been responsible for the deaths of a number of women characters and I didn’t want to repeat that. I did feel like I was punishing the women.

“When the sense of the downtrodden is relentless, the audience starts to disengage. So on Coronation Street, I wanted to see the characters face trauma, but to come out the other end. There had to be journeys of triumph and strength.”

On October 10, Coronation Street posting a picture on Twitter of King back on set, filming with Shayne Ward.



Anna Windass (Debbie Rush)

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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]


Emily Bishop (Eileen Derbyshire)

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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.

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