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Norris Cole is taking a break from Coronation Street

Coronation Street star Malcolm Hebden, who plays Norris Cole, is taking a break from the show.

The 78-year-old first appeared in the soap as the much-loved character in 1994.

Before being cast as Norris, who works in The Kabin, he played another Weatherfield character, Carlos, in 1974.

An ITV source as saying that the Chester-born actor, known for his busybody alter-ego, is currently away from the soap and "bosses do not know when he will be back".

Talking about his classic character, Hebden previously said:

I quite enjoy making people laugh. And children seem to like Norris. Perhaps he reminds them of their grandad.

– Malcolm Hebden