Paula Lane to leave Coronation Street

Coronation Street actress Paula Lane is to leave the show after six years playing troubled Kylie Platt.

Paula will be at the centre of a huge top secret storyline which will be on screen this summer. She will finish filming as she goes on maternity leave in June.

She notified ITV of her intention to leave the show a few weeks ago, the producers and writing team discussed her exit at the story conference and came up with an exciting storyline for her departure which will coincide with the timing of her maternity leave.

Writers and storyliners are now working on the details of her dramatic exit which will focus on the climax of the storyline which saw Callum Logan murdered and buried under Gail’s granny flat in the live episode last September.

Kylie and David buried Callum in the manhole during Corrie's live episode

Producer Stuart Blackburn said:

“Paula is one of the most talented and dedicated actors I know and in Kylie she has created an unforgettable Corrie character.

"I for one will miss both the character and the actor and on behalf of all at Coronation Street wish Paula all the love and luck in the world and I'm certain that Paula's future will be full of continued success.”

Paula Lane said:

“This has not been an easy decision for me to make. I have enjoyed every moment of my time on Coronation Street and learnt so much in the process.

"I have an amazing on-screen family who have become friends for life so this decision was not taken lightly. But sometimes you just have to follow your heart and I am excited about what the future has to offer both personally and professionally.”

Michelle Connor’s old flame arrives on the cobbles

Leon Ockenden joins the cast as Michelle's ex-boyfriend, Will!

Should Steve be worried?

Michelle Connor’s marriage to Steve McDonald will be put to the test this spring when her first love arrives in Weatherfield.

Will turns up in the Rovers to book Michelle as his wedding planner but she is stunned to realise her new client is an old flame from her teenage years.

Leon Ockenden, best known for his roles in Waterloo Road and Mr Selfridge, has been cast as the charming ex-boyfriend and it isn’t long before Will and Michelle are taking a trip down memory lane.

With Steve McDonald still over in Spain helping out brother Andy, Michelle has been left running the pub and helping with Steve’s daughter Amy, whilst trying to run her own business.

And it soon becomes clear that there is unfinished business for the former lovebirds as they spend more and more time together planning the wedding.

Can Michelle and Will avoid temptation or will they risk both their relationships by letting their feelings for each other take over? Will Steve arrive back in Weatherfield in the nick of time?

Will’s first scenes will be screened in April, Leon and Kym started filming together this week.

Leon's first day in the Rovers with Kym.

National Television Awards 2016

Shayne Ward collected the award for Best Newcomer in the National Television Award for his role as Aidan Connor!

It was a fabulous night of fun and frolics and we wouldn’t be anywhere without you, our fans, so thank you the bottom of our hearts.

Here’s some pics from the night (SEE MORE HERE) - cheers!

Here we go! @officialntas we are coming for you! ?? #Corrie #NTA2016

Crosswords on the train! They're a clever bunch too! #behindthescenes #NTA2016

Helping each other get ready. Lots of excitement here. #NTA2016 #BehindTheScenes

Brooke and Ryan on the boat. What a beautiful night in London! #NTA2016 #BehindTheScenes #Corrie

Here's @katiexmcglynn and @qas_akhtar OWNING the red carpet! #TeamCorrie #nta2016

Can @shaynetward do a selfie or can @shaynetward do a selfie!? #TeamCorrie #nta2016

Here's the gorgeous @tinaob83 working the red carpet! #TeamCorrie #nta2016

The ever fabulous Kym Marsh! #TeamCorrie #nta2016

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for Alison King! You are all fantastic! ? #Corrie #Nta2016 #behindtheacenes

Don't they scrub up well! #TeamCorrie #nta2016

@shaynetward WON!!!! Thank you so much to everyone who voted! ? #TeamCorrie #NTAs

When Corrie meets Eastenders! ? #TeamCorrie #behindtheacenes #NTAs #Corrie

He's only gone and done it! Thanks so much everyone! ? #NTAs #behindtheacenes #TeamCorrie

National Television Awards

The votes are in, the viewers have spoken and Britain’s best-loved programmes and performers are lined up on the shortlist for the 21st National Television Awards!

Coronation Street is nominated in the Serial Drama category, watch the montage above to remind yourself of all the great moments!


But that's not Coronation Street's only nomination...

Serial Drama Performance

Alison King has been nominated for her portrayal of Carla Connor.



Carla isn't the only Connor to be up for a prestigious award! New kid on the block, Shayne Ward has been nominated for his turn as Aidan.



All new votes will be added to those already submitted in the first round and the results will be revealed at the ceremony on ITV from The O2 London on 20 January 2016 - find out more here!

Bhavna Limbachia Joins Corrie

Sparks will fly when new girl Rana bursts onto Coronation Street.

Rana, an old uni friend of Alya’s, will set Zeedan’s heart fluttering when she arrives in Weatherfield in February to pay Alya a visit.

It’s not long before Rana’s got herself a job at the medical centre and while many of the Street’s residents have got their eyes on Rana, it seems she’s got her sights firmly set on Alya’s brother Zeedan.

Rana will be played by Lancashire born actress Bhavna Limbachia who’s previously had roles in Citizen Khan and Cuffs.

She’ll first appear on our screens on Friday 19th February and as this first on set picture shows, she’s sure to make an impression.

Talking about her new role Bhavna said:

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining the show. Being a proud Northerner - it's a dream come true!"

Producer Stuart Blackburn said:

“Rana is sharp, funny, utterly gorgeous and not a little manipulative. She's a girl who likes to get her own way and when she sets her sights on something, or someone ... well, Zeedan better have his wits about him!”

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Derek Griffiths joins Coronation Street

Actor and legendary children's TV presenter Derek Griffiths is to join the cast of Coronation Street in the new year.

Derek will play retired mechanic Freddie, a pensioner who strikes up an unlikely friendship with Kylie Platt following the death of his wife, a beauty client of Kylie's.

Derek, 69, will be known to many Corrie viewers as the face of iconic children's series Play School and Play Away during the 60s, 70s and 80s.

He also has an impressive acting CV, working with the RSC for two years, appearing in numerous West End productions (including Miss Saigon and Two Gentlemen of Verona) as well as dozens of TV shows. He has recently finished filming Silent Witness.

Motorbike loving Freddie will ride onto the cobbles in March. Through Kylie he finds new friends and a surrogate community in the Street.

Speaking about joining the soap Derek said:

"I remember being a young boy and watching Violet Carson on Coronation Street. She was a brilliant character that people loved to hate and later when I became an actor and played the villain in panto many times those are qualities I would bring to the role.

"When I came for my audition one of the first things I saw was a huge photo of Violet Carson on the wall. I am very much looking forward to walking in those hallowed footsteps."

Coronation Street Producer Stuart Blackburn said:

"I was utterly delighted when Derek accepted this role and I can not wait to work with him and see him on the cobbles, it really will be a happy new year!"

Text Santa

Sir Richard Branson is making a special one-off appearance as part of a Coronation Street time-travel-themed sketch for Text Santa Christmas Jumper Day.

The sketch sees Sir Richard arriving on the street in his DeLorean and calling on locals Tyrone and Kirk to help fix the flashy vehicle.

However, when the boys ignore his strict instructions not to touch anything, they are transported back to Coronation Street Christmases of the past.

Long-term fans are in for a treat as the pair encounter iconic characters including Annie Walker, Albert Tatlock, Elsie Tanner and Mavis Riley - played by current cast members!

Whilst they enjoy their adventures, Sir Richard has a few of his own as he encounters current day characters including Dev and Leanne!

Speaking about taking part in the sketch, Sir Richard said:

“I was delighted to be a part of Coronation Street’s special sketch for ITV’s Text Santa.

"I hope everyone will do their bit in a Christmas knit and donate to this fantastic appeal.”

Watch Text Santa from 8pm on Friday 18 December to see the Corrie sketch and many other surprises on the night.