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Maureen Lipman to star in Coronation Street

Acclaimed British actress Maureen Lipman CBE has joined the cast of Coronation Street.

Maureen will play Tyrone Dobb’s grandma Evelyn Plummer, she comes into his life after he decides to research his family history following the recent death of his mum Jackie.

Outspoken battleaxe Evelyn will soon be ruling the roost at number 9 much to Fiz’s dismay and it isn’t long before she starts to ruffle a few feathers on the Street.

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Louis Emerick Joins Coronation Street

Louis Emerick is to join the cast of Coronation Street as a former school teacher of Steve McDonald.

Liverpool born Louis will first appear as Mike Thornberry next month when he turns up in the Rovers and takes a shine to Liz McDonald.

Steve is unimpressed when Liz starts flirting with Mike, and horrified when she suggests he might be able to give his old teacher a job driving a cab.

Former Brookside and Last of the Summer Wine actor Louis begins filming next week and will be on screen initially for a few months.

He said:

"I am chuffed to bits to be joining the cast of Corrie, I first appeared in the show in 1986 as a delivery man, it’s only taken me 32 years to be invited back!

"I can’t wait to start working alongside Simon and Beverly who I have known for years, it’s going to be a lot of fun."

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Richard Hillman Haunts Gail!

Gail Rodwell is to get a shock when her serial killer hubby Richard Hillman comes back from the dead - via a psychic medium.

Sophie Thompson has been cast as quirky medium Rosemary who meets Audrey when she visits her salon and convinces her she has been contacted by her late husband Alf.

Gail is dismissive of Rosemary and her ‘gift’ and warns Audrey to be careful but it isn’t long before Rosemary says she is getting messages from Gail’s dead husbands.

Sophie will first appear on screen in mid March and it isn’t long before Gail is keen to find out just what her late husbands, including Richard want to tell her.

A Corrie spokesperson said:

"Sophie is perfect for the role of Rosemary and we are excited she is joining the cast and working alongside Helen and Sue.

"Gail and Audrey are convinced she is getting messages from Alf and Gail’s husbands. It remains to be seen if she is all she claims to be."

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Rosie's Here To Stay!

Everything is coming up Rosie on the cobbles as we can today confirmed that Helen Flanagan has had her contract extended to December.

Rosie returned to Weatherfield on Monday night and immediately found herself at the centre of the drama when she and Sophie discovered they had been used as drugs mules.

Helen was originally contracted for three months but ITV have now announced that Rosie will be staying in Weatherfield with her family.

Viewers can expect lots of comedy and some romance for Rosie, she will also find a new unlikely career on the cobbles.

Producer Kate Oates said:

"We are thrilled to have Helen back and delighted that she is now going to become a more permanent fixture in Weatherfield.

"Rosie is a classic Coronation Street comedy character and we are looking forward to seeing more of her antics in the future."

Helen said:

"I am having so much fun being back here playing Rosie again. The writing is hilarious and I am delighted to be staying around. I can’t wait to see what Rosie is going to get up to.”

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Rosie's Return

Rosie Webster is to make a welcome return to the cobbles - five years after leaving Weatherfield.

Actress Helen Flanagan is to reprise the role she made famous and will begin filming at the end of the year. She will be on screen until the Spring.

Viewers will first see Rosie in February. She surprises her parents when she arrives back to visit them with sister Sophie who’s returning from their trip to Miami.

Rosie left Weatherfield to star in a reality TV Show in February 2012, viewers have seen mum Sally go to visit her on numerous occasions but she has never come home - until now!

Storyline details are being kept under wraps but one thing is certain - Rosie’s visit to see her family won’t be uneventful.

Coronation Street Producer Kate Oates said:

“The Websters have missed Rosie and so have we. With Sophie away on holiday with her sister it seemed like the ideal time to bring Rosie back home with her for a visit.

"We are delighted that Helen is as keen explore what Rosie has been up to away from the cobbles as we are.”

Helen Flanagan said:

“I'm so excited to be returning to Coronation Street and being part of the Webster family again.”

The Websters back in 2006

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Toyah Battersby to return to Coronation Street

Actress Georgia Taylor will return to the role of Toyah Battersby next month and will appear on screen this December.

Christmas is a time for families and Leanne Battersby is heading for a festive family reunion with her step-sister Toyah.

With Leanne pregnant with Steve McDonald’s baby the sisters have a lot of catching up to do, but viewers will have to wait and see what exactly brings ‘Our Toyah’ back to Weatherfield.

Toyah was last seen on the cobbles 13 years ago in February 2003. She left Weatherfield after finding out her college lecturer boyfriend had got her friend Maria pregnant.

Toyah left Weatherfield with Spider in 2003

She has been mentioned regularly in scripts by Leanne who has visited her sister a few times.

How has Toyah changed in the past 13 years? Does she have unfinished business with certain residents? What baggage will she bring with her to Weatherfield and is she here to stay? All will be revealed this Christmas on the ITV soap.

Producer Kate Oates said:

“I am delighted that Georgia Taylor has agreed to return to the role of Toyah. She is a talented actress who has had great success since leaving the show in 2003.

“Family relationships are the lifeblood of soap operas and I am excited to explore the drama that Toyah will bring with her to the cobbles. She has led an interesting life away from Weatherfield and she has secrets she has kept even from Leanne.

“Her arrival this Christmas looks set to put the cat amongst the Coronation Street pigeons.”

Toyah and Leanne back in 1997

Georgia Taylor said:

“I am thrilled to be re-joining my old friends on the cobbles and hugely excited to be given the opportunity to explore the character of Toyah 13 years on.

“Coronation Street has always had a place in my heart and I'm delighted to be working again with my good friend Jane Danson and bringing the Battersby sisters back together.

“The script writers and producers have come up with some fantastic, clever, and detailed story-lines that have inspired me and I feel excited to get started!”

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