Rhea Bailey is coming to the Cobbles

Rhea Bailey has landed the role of Caz - the soldier fiancée of Kate Connor played by Faye Brookes.

Rhea played PC Mel Ryder in the Bill from 2008 to 2010. Some of her other credits include Blue Murder and The Mentalist.

She filmed her first scenes today and will be on screen in November when Caz arrives in Weatherfield for Kate’s birthday and to set the date for their wedding.

Rhea who has spent the last 4 years living in LA said:

“Too much sun isn’t good for ya’. Really excited to be swapping my surfboard for a brolly, and joining the cast on the Nation’s Favorite show!”

Keep It In The Family: Corrie Special

Antony Cotton, Jennie McAlpine, Sam Aston, Hayley Tamaddon, Dan Brocklebank and Paula Lane prepare to take on the dreaded drop as they help two families win a star prize in this week's Keep It In The Family!

Watch our exclusive preview clips and pics below and tune in, Saturday at 7pm on ITV.

Antony v Hayley

I'm terrified... This is beyond hilarious.

– Antony Cotton

Sam v Jennie

I'm really scared!

– Jennie

Don't miss Keep It In The Family, Saturday at 7pm on ITV

Corrie Press Day

We gathered a bunch of cast together and locked them in a room with some story-hungry journalists to discuss what's coming up on Coronation Street over the next few weeks!

Oh and did we mention that there's a live episode coming up in September?

We've collected all the tweets and popped them into one handy place, just for you!

Jailhouse Rob

Rob Donovan is to set the cat amongst the pigeons once more on Coronation Street when he starts calling the shots from his prison cell!

Marc Baylis is to reprise his role as murderer Rob later this year when viewers will see him in prison.

Rob will send a number of visiting orders to some of our favourite Weatherfield residents, a year after he got sent down for Tina McIntyre’s murder, after being arrested on his wedding day to Tracy Barlow.

Rob was forced to ditch Tracy at the alter when Carla called the police.

Rob’s reappearance spells trouble and it soon becomes clear that he holds the key a huge Connor family secret, one that he could use to his advantage.

What is Rob’s end game and could it throw a spanner in the works for Tracy and Robert’s relationship, just as it looks like Tracy’s put her past with Rob to bed and is moving on with her life!

Marc Baylis said:

"I can’t wait to play Rob again and see what he has up his sleeve, one thing is certain - prison won’t stop Rob from affecting lives on the street."

Check back for more news and exclusive previews about this exciting storyline!


Here comes the Connor Clan!

Coronation Street producers have now cast the remaining members of the Connor clan who will be joining Michelle, Carla and Aidan on the cobbles.

Richard Hawley, best known for playing DI Richard Haskons in Prime Suspect, will play Johnny Connor, Aidan’s dad whilst Shrek and Legally Blonde theatre star Faye Brookes has been cast as Aidan’s sister Kate.

Aidan, played by Shayne Ward, is the first Connor to ride into Weatherfield next month - coming to the aid of old friend Carla Connor, played by Alison King, after he is contacted by his cousin Michelle, actress Kym Marsh.

Shayne's first day on the Street!


In September he is joined by Johnny and Kate who arrive on the Street after discovering Aidan has invested in Underworld.

Johnny Connor is a self made man forced to come out of semi-retirement. The ongoing joke is that 'everybody knows Johnny Connor' and it's not far from the truth.

He's got a big personality and revels in his well earned reputation as a man who means business. He adores his kids and though he and Aidan constantly row, their love is obvious.
Funny, charming, ruthless in business, Johnny is the sort of guy you'd be proud to call a friend.

Kate Connor is a tough cookie and more than a match for her father and brother.

Engaged to be married to Tess, a soldier, Kate is a funny and vibrant young woman full of fun and mischief. But behind the teasing and laughter, Kate is passionate about her family, there is nothing she wouldn't do for them.

Richard and Faye will be on screen from the end of September.

Anne Kirkbride Memorial

A public Memorial Service for Anne Kirkbride will take place at Manchester Cathedral on Saturday 30 May 2015.

Respected and much loved by all who came into contact with her, Anne played Coronation Street’s Deirdre Barlow over a 40-year period, and passed away in January this year. Anne’s character first appeared on our TV screens in November 1972 and entertained us each week appearing in over 3,300 episodes. Anne’s final appearance on the programme was in October 2014.

The Cathedral’s Sub Dean, Philip Barratt, will conduct the public service with hymns performed by Manchester Cathedral choir. There will also be readings and tributes by members of the cast including William Roache MBE, Beverley Callard and Elle Mulvaney and Executive Producer, Kieran Roberts together with members of the Coronation Street Production Team.

Anne’s husband Dave Beckett has helped the Coronation Street production team produce the service and has been involved in every aspect of the celebration including the choice of music and readings. The service will be a celebration of Anne’s private and public life with colleagues and members of the public paying their respects. Anne’s passion and verve for life will be present throughout the service.

Photographic images of the actress in her role as Deirdre and photographs taken with her real life family will be on display. An exhibition of artwork which Anne photographed and painted throughout her life will also be on view.

The Manchester Cathedral choir, singing The Lord’s My Shepherd, Hills of the North Rejoice and How Lovely are thy Dwellings, will be conducted by Christopher Stokes, Organist and Master of the Choristers, at Manchester Cathedral.

Musical accompaniment will be provided by Roman Lytwynlw on the violin and James Ellis on the piano. Both are members of the Chetham’s School of Music.

Classical Tenor, Tom Spence, will perform Lucio Dalla’s Caruso during the service. Merseyside based Tom has supported Russell Watson on tour and will be performing at the 2015 International Mersey River Festival in June.

Members of the public are invited to attend the service and join with Anne’s family and the Coronation Street cast and crew in the celebration of Anne’s life.

Shayne Ward cast as new Connor cousin

Women of Weatherfield watch out - there is a new Connor in town and he means business.

Aidan Connor is a distant cousin of Michelle and grew up on the same estate as her and Carla. He turns up in Coronation Street in August after hearing that Carla is having problems at the factory.

Aidan will be played by singer turned actor Shayne Ward who starts filming in the role next month.

Good looking and charming, Aidan’s arrival will set female hearts fluttering - but he’s no pushover and quickly makes an enemy of Tracy Barlow’s ex hubbie Robert Preston, played by Tristan Gemmill.

Aidan grew up with Michelle and Carla

Manchester born Shayne received a nomination at the 2012 What's On Stage Awards for his role in Rock of Ages in the West End, and appeared in Jeff Wayne’s Stage version of War of the Worlds. He has signed a one year contract with Coronation Street.

Aidan is just the first of the new Connor clan to arrive in Weatherfield and will be followed in the coming months by his dad and sister.

Like Shayne, Aidan is from Manchester and has an extended family over in Ireland.

Stuart Blackburn said:

"When Shayne came in and auditioned we knew he was up against some very stiff competition. But he blew us away from the very get go delivering a charm and a swagger that is perfect for the character. I can't wait to see him in action!"

Shayne Ward said:

"On hearing the news I had been offered the part on the show I was in total disbelief. It still hasn't sunk in. Shayne Ward the lad from Manchester, given such a role on such an iconic show - it is an absolute dream come true. I'm excited to walk down those famous cobbles.

"My family and friends know just how much this means to me and I cannot wait to do them all proud. 2015 has been a great year for me so far and I look forward to joining the Coronation Street family."