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Coronation Street cast: New, leaving and returning characters

CORONATION Street will be seeing some big names return to the cobbles. With some huge storylines lined up for the rest of 2021, here’s everything you need to know about the ITV soap’s latest comings and goings. Grace Vickers (Kate Spencer) – leaving Grace Vickers is set to leave the cobbles later this year after […] ...

CORONATION Street will be seeing some big names return to the cobbles.

With some huge storylines lined up for the rest of 2021, here’s everything you need to know about the ITV soap’s latest comings and goings.

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Coronation Street and the Rovers Return has seen many characters come and go over the years[/caption]

Grace Vickers (Kate Spencer) – leaving

Corrie’s Grace Vickers is set to leave the cobbles later this year

Grace Vickers is set to leave the cobbles later this year after her blackmail plot takes a disastrous turn. 

Actress Kate Spencer, who plays Grace in the ITV soap, will be on screen until the end of the year as her exit plot plays out.

Grace is demanding a house from Aggie and Ed Bailey after being rejected by their son Michael and has threatened to take away their granddaughter Glory if they don’t comply. 

A source said: “Grace and Michael’s relationship will come to an explosive head resulting in her leaving the street..

“Their relationship has been turbulent to say the least but it’s about to go up a notch once more in the Autumn. It’s going to be one of the major storylines on the show.

“The door has been left open for Grace to return to the street at a later date should producers decide they want her to return.”

Harvey Gaskell (Will Mellor) – returning

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Evil Harvey Gaskell is set for an explosive return to the cobbles[/caption]

Corrie’s evil drug boss Harvey Gaskell is set to make an explosive return from jail after targeting Leanne Battersby.

Actor Will Mellor, who plays the villain, will be back on the cobbles in autumn 2021.

His evil character was last seen being sent down for terrorising Leanne after she teamed up with the police to protect her son Simon from him and his gang.

Will previously told The Sun on Sunday that he’d been left horrified after viewers asked him to sell hardcore drugs to them after seeing his character on screen.

He shared: “It was funny. I went to the local pub and someone said to me, ‘Have you got owt? Have you got owt, Harvey?’ and I was like, ‘What are you talking about?’.

“I’ve also had a few women who’ve said, ‘I hope you’re not selling drugs around here’. I’m like, ‘Stop saying that, people will overhear’.”

Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) – returning

Sophie Webster is expected to return to the cobbles soon

Sophie set off travelling in the summer of 2019 to facilitate actress Brooke Vincent‘s real-life maternity leave

After welcoming her baby boy into the world in October 2019, Brooke is expected to return to the cobbles one day but there’s no official word yet.

Brooke’s on-screen mother Sally Dynevor revealed she would love to see Brooke return as Sophie and Helen Flanagan as Rosie, who is also taking some time off with her children.

Sally told Inside Soap: “There was a point where Brooke came over with Mexx and Helen came over with her two little girls and we had lunch together,”

She added: “I said to them, ‘I can’t believe you’re in my house with your children when I’ve known you since you were babies!’ Every time I speak to Helen and Brooke I say, ‘have you told Corrie you would like to come back yet?’

In March 2020, it was revealed that Coronation Street bosses had given Brooke “as long as she needs” to decide whether or not she wants to return to the cobbles.

Following Sophie’s departure in 2019, her on and off girlfriend Paul Cunliffe had a shock affair with Tracy Barlow, who’s married to Steve McDonald.

Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) – left

Coronation Street have killed off fan-favourite Norris Cole following Malcolm Hebden’s retirement

Coronation Street killed off fan-favourite Norris Cole following actor Malcolm Hebden’s exit from the show after 27 years. 

In January Corrie star Malcolm revealed he had quietly retired from the soap after 27 years in the role of busybody Norris. 

The 81-year-old actor called it a day following a near fatal heart attack in 2017.

Norris left for care home Stillwaters in June 2019 and made the odd cameo before retiring.

He told The Sun at the time: “I absolutely adored playing Norris and I was pleased to be able to return briefly after my operation.

“It took a great deal of courage to make the decision to retire.

“But I had come to realise that although the mind was willing the body was not so much.”

Corrie boss Ian MacLeod added: “Norris became an all-time great character, whose lemon-lipped barbs will be remembered forever.

“But, in his brilliant double acts with Emily, Rita and more recently Mary, Malcolm has left us with countless fantastic memories.”

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