Welcome back Wendi Peters

Fiz and Chesney are in for a shock later this year when their errant mother Cilla Battersby-Brown makes a surprise return to the street.

Wendi Peters as Cilla Battersby-Brown

Actress Wendi Peters will reprise the role she made famous 7 years after Cilla left Weatherfield.

During her time on Coronation Street loudmouth Cilla made many enemies with her outrageous behaviour and she left in October 2007 after inheriting a £45k necklace from a pensioner who died whilst in her care.

She was last seen in the DVD spin off Out of Africa in 2008.

Exact details of the storyline surrounding her return are being kept under wraps but it will help facilitate Jennie McAlpine’s maternity leave when she leaves the show in the autumn to have her first baby.

Cilla will be on screen for 6 weeks from October.

Wendi Peters said: "I'm really thrilled to have the opportunity to revisit Cilla and the cobbles for a short while and to see what she has been up to for the last 7 years."

Coronation street Producer Stuart Blackburn said: “We can't wait to see Cilla back on the cobbles, she's a truly unforgettable character who is at the heart of Corrie's rich history.”

Since leaving the show Wendi has worked extensively in theatre notably in the The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rutherford & Son and White Christmas - a show to which she returns to at the Dominion Theatre, West End this Christmas.

On television she has been seen in Hacker Time, Sadie J, Crime Stories and was also a finalist of Celebrity Masterchef in 2009 as well as being the narrator of ITV's Britain's Best Bakery.

Justin Moorhouse joins Coronation Street

We're delighted to announce that Actor and Comedian Justin Moorhouse will be crashing onto the Cobbles in August.

Pitted against Steve in a pub cricket match, Justin will play Dean Upton, landlord of rival pub The Flying Horse.

I’m delighted to be treading the cobbles. It’s always been a dream of mine to appear in the Rovers Return, even though as Dean, landlord of the Flying Horse, I feel like I’m a spy!

– Justin Moorhouse

Justin, known for Phoenix Nights and Looking for Eric, will be joining the Street prior to taking his one man Stand Up Show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this Summer.

British Soap Awards 2014

Coronation Street brought home a phenomenal nine awards, including Best Actress and Best Actor for Julie Hesmondhalgh and David Neilson in the British Soap Awards.

Julie and David continued their winning streak by receiving the Best On-Screen Partnership Award, for their portrayal of Roy and Hayley, with David also collecting the award for Best Dramatic Performance.

Hayley's death won the accolade for Best Single Episode, whist Best Storyline went to the Hayley's cancer storyline.

Simon Gregson collected The Best Comedy Performance prize for his stand-out portrayal of Steve McDonald.

For the sixth year running, the brilliant Michelle Keegan won the Sexiest Female Award.

And, the Outstanding Achievement was presented to Helen Worth for her amazing performance of Gail McIntyre for 40 years.

A huge thank-you must go out to everyone that took the time to vote in the awards this year, we really appreciate it!

Don't forget to tune in at 8.15pm on Sunday night to watch the Awards on ITV.

See the tweets from the red carpet

New cast photo

The cast of Coronation Street have posed for their first official photograph at the show’s new home.

From the newest to the longest serving member of cast, children and pets, everyone gathered on the cobbles of the set at MediaCityUK in March for the new line-up.

Now the photograph has been released hot on the heels of the show being awarded a prestigious BAFTA on Sunday night.

And to top off an already fantastic week the new building was yesterday officially dedicated to Coronation Street creator Tony Warren.

Hundreds of cast and crew gathered as ITV CEO Adam Crozier and Coronation Street Executive Producer Kieran Roberts were joined by Tony to unveil a sign naming the new studio ‘The Tony Warren Building’.

A five foot cake model of the street was cut by Barbara Knox whilst William Roache raised a toast to Tony and the programme.

Show your support for Coronation Street in the British Soap Awards

Meet the Nazirs

The family of gym owner Kal Nazir is now complete following the casting of his mother and teenage son.

Kal, played by Jimi Mistry, has already been joined on screen by his father Sharif - actor Marc Anwar and Sair Khan was cast last month as wayward daughter Alya.

Now the Nazirs will be joined by Shelley King as Kal’s mum Yasmeen and ‘Shameless’ actor Qasim Akhtar as teenage son Zeedan.

Alya will be seen on screen next month closely followed by Yasmeen and then Zeedan later in the summer.

Single dad Kal will have his hands full juggling the demands of his extended family who are set to cause him problems as he tries to start a relationship with Leanne.

Shelley King is an Indian born actress who is known for her roles in West End Musical Bombay Dreams, TV series Tandoori Nights and Angels and various theatre productions including work with the National Theatre, Tara Arts and Kali Theatre company.

Qasim Akhtar is best known for his portrayal of Chesney Karib in the Channel 4 series Shameless.