Coronation Street cast: New, leaving and returning characters | The SunOctober 23, 2023
STEPHEN Reid's many skeletons have finally been pulled out of his closet with his fatal downfall playing out in October, 2023.
Coronation Street bosses have fresh drama lined-up for the rest of the year with many returns and arrivals set to stir trouble.
Sarge Bailey (Ram John Holder) – joining
The Bailey family are set for another storyline in upcoming scenes of the Manchester-based drama, particularly as Ed's financial struggles continue.
Former Desmond star Ram John Holder has been added to the show's line-up and he is due to be another prominent character in the cobbles.
The 89-year-old will be rocking up the cobbles in December, 2023, as Sarge Bailey, who is none other than Ed and Ronnie's father.
According to a source, the Guyanese-British actor and musician has been seen on the set of the long-running show as he started filming scenes for the brand new character.
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"Ram has already been filming his scenes in Weatherfield, though viewers won’t get to see them for some months", the source claimed.
"It’s a substantial role for him to have been cast in, though it will come as second nature [as] he’s a seasoned star of multiple dramas – including soaps."
What will Sarge do once he gets to the Street?
Stephen Reid (Todd Boyce) – left
Corrie's latest resident serial killer will be bowing out of the ITV soap on Friday, October 13, 2023, in explosive scenes.
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The businessman returned to Weatherfield last year as his mother Audrey Roberts struggled with her mental health in a devastating attempted suicide storyline.
But his devious quickly became clear as he grew increasingly desperate for extra cash.
In his quest for riches, Stephen claimed the lives of Leo and his father Teddy Thompkins.
He made a third victim in early 2023 when he killed Rufus Donahue.
As if murder wasn't enough, Stephen also committed a string of financial crimes and drugged Carla Connor with LSD, throwing her in a downward spiral and making her believe she was no longer fit to take charge of the Underworld factory.
Stephen then became engaged to Elaine Jones and Tim Metcalfe realised he was intending to scam her out of her money… and even kill her off.
In most recent scenes of the Manchester-based program, Stephen finally managed to get Jenny Connor's attention after growing secretly obsessed with her and the pair have been seen all loved-up.
But with Leo's body being found, Stephen's downfall is clearly well underway.
The serial killer's reign of terror is due to come to a brutal end with a live Q&A event in October, 2023, as mentioned above.
Fans can get their tickets to watch it all live at a "Coronation Street Experience" on ITV's website.
Todd Boyce celebrated his upcoming departure with his Corrie co-stars on September 13, 2023, with a leaving do at the Dockyard Pub in Manchester.
Stephen try to flee the cobbles to go to Thailand but he realised his passport was missing when trying to book a ticket at the airport.
The criminal rushed back to Weatherfield to retrieve the document and confront his main suspect – Jenny Connor.
By this time, his secrets had been rapidly unfolding which led him to threaten Jenny's life and hold her hostage.
However, Peter Barlow saved the day and fatally mowed Stephen down with his cab.
Speaking of which…
Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) – leaving
After more than two decades on our screens, Peter Barlow star Chris Gascoyne is set to leave the cobbles later this year.
It is understood that he will be taking an extended break from life in Weatherfield but the door has been left open for his return.
He will be appearing in Corrie until the end of the year before departing at an undetermined date.
Earlier this year, Chris was cast in a stage production of Peter Pan as Captain Hook, a role he will be playing at the Alban Arena during the Christmas and New Year period.
On-screen, tension is building up for Peter as he became involved in Stephen Reid's serial killer storyline by selling off one of Rufus Donahue's belongings following his murder.
But, as mentioned above, things are coming to a head for Peter as he killed Stephen Reid.
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A soap regular since 2016 after several on-off stints, Chris Gascoyne was cast in a stage production of Peter Pan as Captain Hook earlier this year.
He's due on stage at The Alban Arena over the Christmas and New Year period.
Christina Boyd (Amy Robbins) – returning
The mother of Daisy Midgeley is making her way back to the cobbles albeit for a rather short stint.
Actress Amy was spotted leaving the soap’s Manchester based studios last month.
Soap insiders confirmed to The Sun that she IS returning – but just for one episode. "Amy's really popular in the cast so everyone was pleased to have her back.
"She'll be popping in and out of the soap occasionally."
Amy, who is the aunt of TV star Emily Atack, first strutted onto the Cobbles back in January to attend Daisy's wedding to Daniel Osbourne.
Bethany Platt (Lucy Fallon) – returning
While her on-screen mother Sarah Platt is recovering from her shocking miscarriage, Bethany Platt has been confirmed to return to Weatherfield in upcoming months.
Actress Lucy Fallon will reprise her role after three years of absence and left the show when her character moved away to London for a new career opportunity.
Her exit left a grieving Daniel Osbourne heartbroken but he has since moved on with Rovers barmaid Daisy Midgeley.
Bethany is said to be returning to the cobbles this winter with a source telling The Sun: "Bosses reached out to her a few weeks ago about the possibility of coming back, and told her everything they’d planned for Bethany if she agreed."
"She discussed it with her boyfriend, and family, because she’s a mum now with a baby."
"Once they’d talked about childcare, and how best to juggle it all, she was able to say she’d love to return."
What will it mean for Daniel and Daisy?
Lucy Fallon herself teased trouble ahead for the couple while speaking to The Sun in September.
"I'm interested to see what they'll do with Daniel, Daisy and Bethany. It's going to be exciting", she said.
What drama will she cause?
Ange (Nicole Barber-Lane) – joining
Former Hollyoaks mainstay Nicole Barber-Lane is taking a trip over to the cobbles when she joins the soap later this month.
Nicole confirmed the news that she had landed a role on the ITV soap opera on Instagram.
Sharing two snaps of her on the famous Weatherfield set, she looked all ready to make her 'cameo' on the show.
Having previously teased fans about her latest TV venture, Nicole wrote online: "So if you guessed @coronationstreet you were right! Such a pleasure to do a little cameo…..[look] out for Ange in last week in September……"
But Nicole's role is expected to be a little bit more than a cameo in her role as Ange.
She will appear on the show for a slew of episodes in the final week of September as a rival cab owner to Steve McDondald.
It is thought that Ange is aiming to strike a deal with Kevin's garage, Webster's Auto's, which could prove for a sticky situation for the Weatherfield pals.
Nicole rose to fame on the Channel 4 rival in the role of Myra McQueen.
Myra first debuted in 2006 before sticking around on and off for 13 years.
Cassandra Plummer (Claire Sweeney) – joined
Evelyn Plummer (portrayed by Maureen Lipman) claimed her daughter Cassandra, aka Cassie, was dead.
But how will she explain her arrival in the cobbles to her grandson Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall)?
Brookside star Claire Sweeney joined the line-up as the mechanic's long-lost mother.
Speaking of her arrival, the actress said: "Even though I’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed an amazingly varied career for nearly 40 years – being cast in Coronation Street is, to me, better than being cast in a Hollywood movie!"
"I’ve watched it all my life and can’t quite believe that I’ll now be stepping onto those famous cobbles myself."
"I was really nervous when I got the scripts to audition as this show means so much to me and my family and this is Corrie gold, I was beyond thrilled and very grateful when I got the call that Iain MacLeod is trusting me to play Tyrone’s Mum and work alongside one of my heroes, Dame Maureen Lipman."
Although Claire Sweeney and Maureen Lipman temporarily left the show, the pair are due to return according to recent spoilers.
Cassie will also be telling Tyrone she's his mother.
How will he react?
Fiz Dobbs (Jennie McAlpine) – returning
The year 2022 ended on a high note for Underworld machinist Fiz Stape as she FINALLY tied the knot with on-off flame Tyrone Dobbs.
But soap legend Jennie McAlpine had some great news of her own off-screen.
The actress recently announced she was expecting her third child with her husband Chris Farr.
"Alan [Halsall aka Tyrone Dobbs] was the first person I told", she told OK! Magazine.
"I was thinking, 'I might not be feeling brilliant and if you bring any butter near me I might feel sick'. We've been busy, so he's really looked after me – and the bosses."
"They all know and they're all really happy. We might have to start hiding Fiz behind a washing basket again!"
As of January, 2023, the Fiz star was six months pregnant and she left the cobbles in May, 2023.
Serial killer Stephen Reid sent the beloved machinist away to take the helm in Norwich but she will keep in touch with her family during her absence.
It is unknown how long Jennie will be stayibng away from the show but her on-screen alter ego is said to be working away from Weatherfield for six months.
This would mean Jennie McAlpine could potentially reprise her role at the end of this year.
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Paul Foreman (Peter Ash) – leaving
Paul will be killed-off later this year after the character is diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, attacking the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work, often impacting the patient's senses such as sight, sound and feeling.
The soap is working closely the MND Association on this storyline and will explore the impact of the diagnosis on Paul and his loved ones as his condition progresses.
Actor Peter Ash said: "Paul is completely blindsided by the diagnosis and he decides to keep it from his family and friends as he tries to come to terms with the news.
"I knew very little about MND before embarking on the storyline and I am hugely grateful to the MND Association for all their help and support.
"For any actor playing a role which examines a real life issue or condition there comes a huge sense of responsibility and we are aware that some people watching this storyline are experiencing it in reality, it is their life.
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"Awareness and education are really important. I have learned so much even in the short time I have been involved in this storyline. We hope Paul’s journey can make people more aware of the symptoms and what it is like for someone to live with MND."
Coronation Street airs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8pm on ITV.
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