Jessica Ennis-Hill shows her support for Team Corrie

Jessica Ennis-Hill visited the cobbles today as Team Corrie prepare to tackle the Great Manchester Run 2015.

Our 50 strong team made up of Cast and Crew will take to the streets of Manchester to run 10K in memory of our much loved friend and colleague Mike Curtis who tragically died in January this year.

Ben Price and Alison King met with Jess outside the Rovers

Please show your support for the team by cheering them along on Sunday 10th May.

If you would like to help the runners to raise money for CALM:

Text CALM63 followed by £(AMOUNT) to 70070 or visit justgiving.com/CorrieCALM for more information on why the team is running.

See you at the finish line!

Go Team Corrie!

Paddy McGuinness lands guest role

Comedy actor Paddy McGuinness is to have a guest role in Coronation Street and he will be giving Bear Grylls and Ray Mears a run for their money!

Paddy will star in six episodes as wilderness survival enthusiast Dougie Ryan who meets up with the Tinkers and Dobbs on a camping holiday.

It isn’t long before Dougie is putting Kirk, Beth, Craig, Chesney, Sinead, Tyrone and Fiz through their paces with hilarious consequence, as he shames the boys with his expertise in all things outdoors.

Sinead, Kirk, Bethany and Craig will meet Paddy's character Dougie on holiday.

Dougie will be on holiday with his teenage daughter Caitlin who strikes up an unlikely friendship with loveable Craig Tinker.

Take Me Out presenter Paddy, whose acting credits include Phoenix Nights, Max and Paddy and The Delivery Man, starts filming next month, the episodes will be filmed on location and will transmit in August.

Coronation Street Producer Stuart Blackburn said:

“It's an absolute delight to be working with Paddy who is a talented actor with a flair for comedy that will ensure he fits right in with the Corrie cast.”

Paddy McGuinness said:

“Being asked to appear in Coronation Street was a very special moment for me.

"I remember Peter telling me how much he enjoyed his guest spot on the show and I can't wait to get started.

"It's an iconic and much loved show, not just in the UK but around the world. The character I'll be playing is very funny and I'm sure the Corrie fans will love him.”

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Goodbye Hayley

Hayley Tamaddon is to say farewell to Weatherfield - as part of one of the dramatic plots which will be central to Corrie’s huge live episode week.

Details of the storyline are being kept under wraps but the door will be left open for a possible return in the future.

Hayley joined the show in late 2013 as a Andrea Beckett, a night school friend of Steve McDonald. Her obsession with Steve caused him problems with girlfriend Michelle, but Andrea soon caught the eye of Steve’s mate Lloyd Mullaney played by Craig Charles.

Watch Hayley's first scene below.

They started dating but Andrea had kept one important detail from lovestruck Lloyd - she was married with a grown up daughter!

Having overcome that obstacle and the fact that Lloyd’s daughter Jenna objected to the relationship the couple grew closer and Andrea moved into Lloyd’s flat.

Andrea and Lloyd

Hayley will start filming her exit storyline in July and will be on screen until September, she will be involved in the live episode being screened as part of ITV’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

Stuart Blackburn said:

“Hayley has brought real magic to the Corrie cobbles, funny, energetic, totally professional and a joy to be around as a friend and colleague alike she'll be sorely missed and I'd simply like to wish her all the very best for the future.”

Hayley said:

“I came into Corrie for 3 months and have stayed for 2 years! I will be so sad to leave, I have had the best two years of my life here, it really is one big family. Everyone looks out for each other and I’ve made some incredible friends.

“I am excited about my exit storyline and the fact that it is part of the live episode. Corrie has given me a great platform to hopefully go on to work on other dramas but I’d never rule out a return to Weatherfield as I love it so much.

“I am looking forward to what the future holds but in the meantime there is still plenty more to be done here.”

British Soap Awards: The Shortlist

The results are in and thanks to your overwhelming support Coronation Street is in the running for four British Soap Awards, as voted for by you - the fans!

Voted already? Don't worry, you can again and your previous vote will still be counted!

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Nominees

The shortlisted nominees are:

Best Actress
Alison King (Carla Connor)

Best Actor
David Neilson (Roy Cropper)
Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald)

Best Soap
Coronation Street

Voting closes on Friday 15 May at 3pm, so what are you waiting for? VOTE CORRIE

Sarah Harding is coming to Corrie

Former Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding is to join the cast of Coronation Street.

Sarah will make a guest appearance in four episodes to be transmitted in the summer.

Exact details of her storylines are being kept under wraps, but she will play a feisty character who is going to make life difficult for troublemaker Tracy Barlow.

Sarah whose acting credits include Bad Day, the BBC television film Freefall, Run for your Wife and St Trinians 2: The legend of Fritton’s Gold, will start filming in May.

Sarah visited the set last year for Good Morning Britain

Producer Stuart Blackburn said:

"Sarah is proving to be a gifted and exciting actor and I'm absolutely delighted to have her on board, the viewers are in for a treat as her character will be right at the heart of a massive new story for the Barlows."

Sarah Harding said:

"I am extremely excited to be joining Coronation Street. As a fan of the show it is a huge honour for me to join the cast. I can’t wait to get started!!"

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British Soap Awards 2015

The biggest event in the Soap calendar is here again and Coronation Street needs you help!

This year the three biggest awards are up to the public vote, so it's down to you to show your support for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Soap.

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Nominees

BEST SOAP

Coronation Street - VOTE NOW

BEST ACTRESS

Alison King (Carla Connor) VOTE NOW!

Debbie Rush (Anna Windass) VOTE NOW!

Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor) VOTE NOW!

BEST ACTOR

David Neilson (Roy Cropper) VOTE NOW!

Jack P Shepherd (David Platt) VOTE NOW!

Simon Gregson (Steve McDonald) VOTE NOW!

Memorial service for Anne Kirkbride

The family of Anne Kirkbride and the production team at Coronation Street can confirm a Memorial Service for the actress will take place on Saturday 30 May at Manchester Cathedral.

Cast and crew will celebrate Anne’s life alongside her family and members of the public who would like to pay their respects to the actress who brought so much joy into everyone’s lives as Deirdre Barlow.

Anne’s fellow cast members William Roache and Beverley Callard will be amongst the actors attending the Service with her colleagues from the production team.

The Service will take place from 11.30am.

No further information about the Service will be released until closer to the day.

Farewell Kal

Gym owner Kal Nazir is to bid farewell to the cobbles of Weatherfield in a dramatic storyline later this year.

Kal, played by actor Jimi Mistry, will be at the centre of a huge secret plot twist as we head towards the summer months, which will see him bow out of the show.

Details of the storyline are being kept under wraps but his departure will have a huge impact on his family and Leanne.

Jimi said: "When I was told about this storyline I felt it was a brilliant way to say goodbye to Kal and I am really looking forward to filming my departure scenes.

I have had a fantastic 18 months on Coronation Street but I never saw myself staying around forever, my life is in London and I enjoy playing a variety of roles.

– Jimi Mistry

"I want to thank Stuart and the team for giving me the opportunity to be part of such a fantastic show. This is the longest I have ever been in one job and I have enjoyed it immensely."

Producer Stuart Blackburn said: "Kal’s departure will be a big part of the fantastic spring and summer of drama on Coronation Street.

"We discussed the plot idea with Jimi and we all feel it is a great storyline which will have huge ramifications for the Nazirs and Leanne going forward.

“Jimi is a talented actor and an asset to the show and we will be sorry to see him go, but this is a fantastic exit storyline there are still many twists and turns for the character in the coming months.”