Casting News: Sarah-Lou returns

Corrie favourite Sarah-Louise Platt is to return to the cobbles - to cause more problems for long suffering mum Gail McIntyre.

Actress Tina O’Brien will start filming early next year and Sarah-Lou will arrive in Weatherfield in Spring, alongside her now teenage daughter Bethany.

Gail is already facing a turbulent few months with her dysfunctional family and will no doubt be delighted her daughter and granddaughter are back in the fold.

But it looks like her only daughter is going to cause her as much grief as sons Nick and David, whilst granddaughter Bethany has also grown up into something of a wild child.

The exact details of Sarah’s return to Coronation Street are being kept under wraps but she is sure to make waves not just for the Platts but for the Grimshaws because of her history with both Todd and Jason.

Sarah-Lou in 2004

Tina joined the programme in 1999 and was immediately thrust into the spotlight when it was revealed that 13-year-old Sarah was pregnant.

She left Weatherfield in 2007 with Bethany for a new life working Uncle Stephen in Milan.

Tina said:

“I am delighted to be returning. Sarah has a lot of history and unfinished business on the street and I’m looking forward to finding out what she’s been up to and why she’s returned home.”

Jenny Bradley is coming back to Corrie

We are very happy to confirm that Jenny Bradley is to make a return to the cobbles after an absence of 21 years.

Jenny, played by actress Sally Ann Matthews, will arrive back in Weatherfield early next year as a love interest for Kevin Webster.

The couple meet online when Kevin turns to internet dating to try and find a girlfriend. He’s shocked when he arranges to meet a mystery woman and discovers it is none other than Jenny, daughter of infamous Corrie villain Alan Bradley.

She in turn admits that she has started internet dating after a nasty divorce and was intrigued to find Kevin online - and confesses she had a bit of a crush on him when they were younger!

The pair start dating but how will Jenny’s foster mum Rita react when she finds out about the relationship?

Jenny Bradley on the Street in 1989

The pair have not spoken since 1993 when Jenny returned briefly to the Street and it became clear that she was after Rita's money to set up a business. Furious Rita wrote her a cheque for £1000 and sent her packing.

Jenny, now a 43-year-old divorcee, first joined the show in January 1986, working for Rita and Mavis as a teenage papergirl at The Kabin.

When her mum was killed in a car crash, she was placed in temporary foster care with Rita, and was reunited with her estranged father Alan.

Alan's shocking death by Blackpool tram

Alan and Rita began dating but things turned sour. He was a cheat and a swindler and turned violent when Rita confronted him.

Alan spent time in prison but Rita suffered a breakdown in 1989 and Alan was killed by a Blackpool tram trying to bring her home.

Jenny blamed Rita for her dad's downfall and death, but eventually they got back on track, and Rita remained a surrogate mum to Jenny until their fall out in 1993.

Sally Ann Matthews said:

"I'm as intrigued as everyone else to find out what Jenny has been up to for the last 21 years!

"I'm thrilled to be invited back and can't wait to get started."

Text Santa: Corrie v Emmerdale charity netball

It's re-match time! Text Santa bring you this year's Corrie v Emmerdale charity netball challenge.

As part of Text Santa, the nation's two favourite soaps will go head-to-head in a netball match, all in the aid of raising funds for charity. Who will reign soap superstars and who will be left with the holiday blues?

Here are the team lineups:

Team Corrie
Tisha Merry
Hayley Tamaddon
Jane Danson
Katy Cavanagh
- Supported by the Manchester Thunder!

Team Emmerdale
Michelle Hardwick
Charley Webb
Amy Walsh
Eden Taylor-Draper
Sammy Winward
- Supported by the Yorkshire Jets!

Join us on Saturday 22 November at the Manchester Thunderdome at 2:30pm - you can buy tickets for the match from the Manchester Thunder website with all profits going to Text Santa.

Who are you supporting? Tell on Facebook and Twitter using #TeamEmmerdale or#TeamCorrie.

New love for Sean

Heavens Above!! Corrie favourite Sean Tully is going to finally find love - with a vicar!

Sean, played by Antony Cotton, falls for the good looking clergyman, after meeting him on a night out.

The Rovers’ barman is surprised when Billy, played by Shakespeare in Love actor Daniel Brocklebank, introduces himself as the new vicar at Emily’s church, St Mary’s in Weatherfield.

He’s thrilled when BIlly agrees to exchange numbers and the pair start dating - but the romance won’t be without its problems, as Sean has to deal with playing second fiddle to Billy’s job and his parishioners.

Producer Stuart Blackburn said:

“It’s about time Sean had a romance, he’s been unlucky in love for a long time. Billy is a great guy who is sincere about his feelings for Sean but his first love is and always will be God and the Church.

"We will be exploring this very modern relationship in the coming months and are delighted to have Daniel on board to play Billy.”

Antony Cotton said:

“I am thrilled that Sean is to find love again especially with this unique and exciting storyline.

"I'm sure it'll have it's ups and downs but that's what makes Coronation Street great. Hopefully it will be tender, funny and honest. Heaven!”

Daniel said:

“I am thrilled to be joining Coronation Street. I'm hugely excited to be part of something that is such an institution. I'm really looking forward to working with Antony Cotton and the rest of the cast, as well as joining my best mate Hayley Tamaddon on the cobbles.”

Daniel, whose credits include the RSC and psychological thriller The Hole, starts filming with the show next month and will be on screen from December.

Claire King is coming to the cobbles

Credit: Nicky Johnston

Corrie’s Nick Tilsley is in for a treat this Christmas when a sexy newcomer to the street sets her sights on him.

Barmaid Erika, played by Bad Girls and Emmerdale actress Claire King, arrives in Weatherfield in December to catch up with her mate Liz McDonald.

The pair met in Spain when Erika landed a job at Liz’s bar, so when she arrives back in England Erika seeks Liz out.

And she wastes no time in seducing unlucky in love businessman Nick, played by Ben Price, and putting a spring back in his step after a disastrous 12 months which saw him suffer a severe brain injury and split from wife Leanne.

Claire starts filming next month and will be on screen for a few weeks in December before Erika jets back off to Spain at the end of the year - leaving Nick wondering exactly what hit him!

Producer Stuart Blackburn said:

“Erika is a woman who lives life to the full, Nick doesn’t stand a chance once she has set her sights on him, but he’s not complaining!

“We are delighted to have Claire on board to play Erika, she is a fabulous actress who will be a great addition to the cast.”

Claire King said:

“I am beyond thrilled to be joining the cast of Coronation Street playing the funny and feisty Erika who looks certain to ruffle a few feathers once her high heels hit those world famous cobbles!

"A stint in Corrie is one of those ticks on most actor's bucket list of jobs you dream of doing, so I can’t wait to start filming in a few weeks time!"

Cast and crew show their support for Manchester Dogs' Home

It was canine crazy on the cobbles of Weatherfield today when the cast and crew of Coronation Street came together to show their support for Manchester Dogs Home.

A bring your dog to work day was organised at the show’s headquarters at Media City UK to raise funds for the fire ravaged dogs home which is a just a few miles away.

Led by cast members Samia Ghadie, Bev Callard and Georgia May Foote dozens of staff posed for pictures on the famous cobbles. Also showing their support were Corrie canine favourites Eccle and Ozzy.

Collection buckets have been placed around the building and everyone encouraged to donate food, bedding and toys which will all be sent to Cheshire Dogs Home - the centre housing the dogs rescued from the fire on Friday night.

Samia brought her Maltese Sonny, Georgia May Foote came along with her Cavashon Marley whilst Bev Callard arrived with her rescue Bull Terrior Trev.

Samia said: “It’s been great seeing everyone here with their dogs and coming together to raise money for the dogs home. As a dog owner I was heartbroken when I read about what had happened.”

Georgia said: ‘I was really pleased to be able to bring Marley into work today, it was chaos on the street but great fun. The thought of what happened to those poor dogs is just awful and we want to help as much as we can.”

Bev said: “Trev is a rescue dog so we know how much joy they bring and how loving they are. As soon as we heard what had happened we wanted to do something to help.”

TV Choice Awards 2014

We won BEST STORYLINE for 'Hayley's cancer' in the TV Choice Awards. Thanks so much to everyone who voted Corrie - you're amazing!

Here are some pics and Tweets from a fabulous night of fun and frolics:

Catherine Tyldesley and Jane Danson

Brooke Vincent

Congratulations to all the other winners, especially our ITV chums; Saturday Night Takeaway, I'm a Celebrity, Britain's Got Talent, Jeremy Kyle, Benidorm.