Rovers Return for Helen Flanagan? Here are five stars who returned to Coronation Street


Helen Flanagan remains best known for her role as flighty Rosie Webster in Coronation Street. The 25-year-old actress quit the cobbles in 2012, but now rumours are rife of a return.

The Manchester-born star, who is the partner of footballer Scott Sinclair, has said matters would depend on arrangements for their daughter Matilda.

Talking to OK! magazine, Helen said: "I would absolutely love to go back to Coronation Street one day, but it would have to work around Matilda."

Helen Flanagan in Coronation Street (ITV)

Would Rosie Webster return to Coronation Street with a baby? Imagine the look on the face of mother Sally Metcalfe (played by Sally Dynevor).

If Helen takes a trip back to ITV's Weatherfield-set soap, she'll be the latest in a long line. Here are just a few other cast members who have left and returned.

1. Julie Goodyear

Julie Goodyear (Phil Noble/PA)

Julie is still fondly remembered by Corrie fans for her portrayal of brassy barmaid Bet Lynch. The blonde star made her debut as Bet in 1966. The character returned full-time in 1970 and departed in 1995.

However, you can't keep a soap legend down and Bet made brief comebacks in 1999, 2002 and 2003.

2. Charlie Lawson

Charlie Lawson (Andrew Parsons/PA)

Short-tempered criminal Jim McDonald should be reviled, but instead Corrie fans love him. A real testament to the acting skills of Northern Ireland-born star Charlie who has played Jim since 1989.

A regular character until 2000, Jim returned to the cobbles in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007 before coming back again in 2009 and 2010. Few will forget Jim's brief, but spectacular, return in 2014 in scenes set in prison.

3. Bruno Langley

Bruno Langley (ITV)

Derbyshire-raised actor Bruno became a household name playing the son of Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) full-time in Coronation Street from 2001 until 2004. After leaving the show, Bruno popped up in Doctor Who and made sporadic returns to Coronation Street in 2007 and 2011. The 33-year-old star made the move back to Corrie in 2013.

4. Kate Ford

Kate Ford (ITV)

The only daughter of Deirdre Barlow (the late Anne Kirkbride) and Ray Langton (Neville Buswell) has been played by 39-year-old Kate since 2002. Now firmly ensconced as the soap villain fans love to hate, Tracy stirred up trouble until 2007 when she was imprisoned for the manslaughter of boyfriend Charlie Stubbs (Bill Ward).

As improbable as it may seem, Tracy was released from prison in 2010 to make even more enemies on Coronation Street.

5. Wendi Peters

Wendi Peters (Ian West/PA)

To this day, ardent Corrie fans still miss Cilla Petunia Aurelia Battersby-Brown who was so superbly played by Wendi. Far from being a role model for kids Fiz (Jennie McAlpine) and Chesney Brown (Sam Aston), errant Cilla made her first screen appearance in 2003.

Despite her awfulness, Cilla made fans laugh. There was the time her awful jacuzzi fell through the floor and when she tried to deep-fry a turkey. It was a sad goodbye when Cilla's final scene aired in 2007.

But in 2014, she made a brief comeback. Let's hope she returns again!