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]

Anna Windass shock return

Debbie Rush - Anna Windass Coronation Street actress

Debbie Rush made a shock comeback as Anna Windass last night for the conclusion of Pat Phelan's storyline.

In the closing scenes of Thursday's episode (May 31), a newly-released Anna came to the rescue of her son Gary and his partner Sarah Platt after Phelan had tied them up at the builder's yard.

However, before Anna, Gary and Sarah could catch up with Phelan a shot was fired at Number 11 - following a tussle between Phelan, Eileen, Nicola and Seb.

Debbie Rush left Coronation Street earlier this year after 10 years on the soap, departing after she was framed for GBH by Phelan.

Will everyone make it out of Phelan Week alive?

Coronation Street’s dramatic last stand for Pat Phelan will conclude with a shooting and hostage showdown – but who will be in the firing line for the show’s evil villain.

[Read more: Connor McIntyre interview - Phelan's last stand in Corrie]

In Thursday’s episode (May 31st) Phelan took revenge and fired a gun at Eileen Grimshaw’s house.

Pat Phelan and Eileen Grimshaw

Phelan had been locked up by Gary Windass at the Builder’s Yard this week, but after he escaped, Phelan was angry, armed and dangerous.

Someone will end up fighting for their lives after a confrontation between Phelan, Eileen, Nicola Rubinstein and Seb Franklin – the people who the nasty builder believes have ruined his life.

Coronation Street’s action-packed week continues tonight – Friday, June 1st.

The first casualty of Phelan Week will be revealed in this evening’s post-Watershed episode, which airs at 9pm.

Connor McIntyre, who plays Phelan, told Digital Spy: "Once Phelan gets free again, he has the choice to just leave the Street, but he wants to see his grandson – and woe betide anyone who gets in his way.

"Just seeing the baby becomes the thing for Phelan. His plan isn't to take the baby, but it's a question of his legacy. In his very strange and twisted way, that's what he wants to connect with."

Connor McIntyre - Pat Phelan

In tonight's episode, Phelan will invade Michelle Connor and Robert Preston’s wedding party and holds Michelle (Kym Marsh) hostage. There will be another victim on Friday, but their identity is currently a secret.

Shock return

Nick Tilsley (Ben Price)

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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."

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.


Connor McIntyre (Pat Phelan)

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Pat Phelan is set to make a dramatic return after he was believed lost at sea when Eileen pushed him into the murky waters. He returns to the street armed with a loaded gun and looking all set to sabotage Michelle and Robert's wedding at The Bistro. But is this the setting for the soap villan's final scenes?

[Interview with Connor McIntyre: Phelan's last stand]

Connor, who'se been playing Pat Phelan since October 2013, confirmed to The Metro back in April that he would shortly be leaving the soap.

“A man should always know when to leave the party and it’s Phelan’s time," he said. "It is tinged with sadness because I have met some incredible people - it’s been such a pleasure here." The conniving builder-turned-serial killer already has four deaths on his hands, and is predicted to kill at least once more before he makes his long-awaited exit from the soap. 

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.”

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