Nick Tilsley’s former flame Natasha Blakeman to return to Coronation Street

A former flame of Coronation Street's Nick Tilsley is set to return to the cobbles and put strain on his relationship.

A chance encounter at the hospital with ex-girlfriend Natasha Blakeman will see the pair reunited 10 years after Natasha left a heartbroken Nick (Ben Price) behind in Weatherfield.

The former couple began a relationship in 2010 but he later dumped her, and even when she discovered she was pregnant with his child he refused to take her back, resulting in her terminating the pregnancy.

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Nick Tilsley’s former flame Natasha Blakeman to return to Coronation Street
Nick Tilsley’s former flame Natasha Blakeman to return to Coronation Street
What will this mean for David?
Coronation Street have been building anticipation over the past few weeks after revealing that well known character would be killed off in the factory collapse plot. And as it all kicking off in Weatherfield this week, actresses Sally Dynevor and Connie Hyde appeared on Monday's Loose Women to talk about the storyline. While Connie – who plays Gina Seddon – was in the studio, Sally – who plays Sally Metcalfe – spoke from the ITV set in Manchester. During the chat, Sally spoke about her co-star Connie in the past tense, causing many fans to speculate that Gina will be the one who dies. Sally said: "It was" amazing working with Connie, rather than "it is." She said: "It was – has been amazing to work with Connie Hyde."Does Gina die in the Coronation Street collapse?Viewers were quick to comment on the supposed slip up, with one writing: "Looks like Gina is being killed off then," while another said: "Did Sally just mention Connie Hyde's character Gina in a past tense?" A third added: "It could be obvious who dies – Sally is still at Corrie going by the video and Gina is at the studio with the Loose Women presenters." Coronation Street viewers will watch the residents run for their lives as the factory building collapses, which will lead to a new whodunit plotline to find out the person responsible. Those in the firing line include Seb Franklin and Nick Tilsley. Coronation Street producer Iain MacLeod has promised emotional viewing, revealing that there "won't be a dry eye in the house."MORE: This Morning's Martin Lewis reveals how his daughter made him emotionalSally Dynevor may have hinted who dies in Coronation StreetIt has already been revealed that factory owner Carla Connor won't die in the accident, as Iain has teased a new mental health episode for her in the aftermath of the collapse. He explained at a press event: "Our viewers will know the factory roof collapse is a whodunit quite early in the story, but our characters won't. Somebody operating in the shadows has done this thing." He continued: "So the early stages of this story will see Carla as a massive pariah. At the beginning, the roof collapse seems to emerge from a workaholism story for Carla. She determines that her life's priority is work and being a professional woman. She wants to focus on the factory and Aidan's legacy."READ: Emmerdale fans in shock as major character returns from the dead"That drives Carla into making some mistakes, that will lead to the factory falling in basically! She alienates a lot of people. First it will look like an accident, then we'll start to reveal that it's not," he teased. "This factory collapse story has lots of unexpected off-shoots into areas that give our amazing cast a chance to show off their acting chops."Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
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After a sleepless night, a frazzled Gemma Winter [DOLLY-ROSE CAMPBELL] opens the door to Bernie Winter [JANE HAZLEGROVE] who bustles her way in. Bernie casts her eye over the mess at No.5 and realises Gemma isn't coping. Gemma insists she's fine but it's clear to Bernie that's far from true. (ITV Plc)
Evelyn Plummer [MAUREEN LIPMAN] and Tyrone Dobbs [ALAN HALSALL] take Cerberus to the vets. As Evelyn pays the bill, she's taken aback when her old flame Arthur Medwin [PAUL COPLEY] enters the surgery with his cockapoo. Tyrone watches in amusement at their interaction (ITV Plc)
Having sabotaged Ken Barlow's [WILLIAM ROACHE] talk and suggesting they head to the bar, Norris Cole [MALCOLM HEBDEN] reveals that he and Freda moved into Stillwaters several weeks ago. Making sure Freda can't read his lips, Norris admits to Ken that he can't stand Stillwaters and needs his help to escape. Ken's shocked. (ITV Plc)
When Yasmeen Metcalfe [SHELLEY KING] reveals that they're moving to Cyprus, Alya's horrified and tells Yasmeen that it's clear Geoff is abusing her and trying to separate her from the people who care about her. Determined to rescue her Gran from the clutches of Geoff, Alya grabs some of Yasmeen's clothes and starts stuffing them into a bag, (ITV Plc)
At baby yoga Vanessa apologises to Gemma Winter [DOLLY-ROSE CAMPBELL] for the 'misunderstanding' over the party and invites her to join she and Imogen for lunch. Gemma's pleased but as they ply her with prosecco then she hears them bitching about her an upset Gemma grabs the buggy and heads out. In her emotional state, Gemma fails to spot an oncoming car which screeches to a halt, narrowly missing the buggy. A police officer realises Gemma's been drinking (ITV Plc)
Evelyn Plummer [MAUREEN LIPMAN] and Arthur Medwin [PAUL COPLEY] reminisce about old times and how if it weren't for certain circumstances, they'd probably have married. He tells Evelyn he'll be in the Rovers tomorrow at 6pm. (ITV Plc)
Evelyn Plummer [MAUREEN LIPMAN] eserves a booth in the Rovers for her date with Arthur and Claudia Colby [RULA LENSKA] offers to do her hair and makeup. But when Evelyn looks in the mirror she's horrified to realise she looks just like Claudia! (ITV Plc)
Coronation Street actor who self-isolated over coronavirus fears to return to work
With Maria's words in mind, Emma tells Seb Franklin [HARRY VISINONI] he'll have to make himself scarce later as she's having the girls round. But has her plan backfired when Seb heads to the Rovers and unwittingly finds himself sitting next to Alina Pop [RUXANDRA POROJNICU] (ITV Plc)
Coronation Street cast member self-isolates as coronavirus precaution
Coronavirus: Coronation Street undergoing rewrites after soap star put into isolation
Coronation Street stars during a Christmas Party sequence at the Rovers Return. Left to right, Julie Goodyear as Bet Lynch; Doris Speed as Annie Walker; Jack Howarth as Albert Tatlock; Betty Driver as Betty Turpin (behind); Barbara Knox as Rita Littlewood; Anne Kirkbride as Deidre Hunt (behind), as Jean Alexander as Hilda Ogden; unidentified; Stephen Hancock as Ernest Bishop; as Geoffrey Hughes as Eddie Yeats (at the back); Violet Carson as Ena Sharples; Eileen Derbyshire as Emily Bishop; Margo Bryant as Minnie Caldwell; unidentified; Thelma Barlow as Mavis Riley; Bernard Youens as Stan Ogden; Neville Buswell as Ray Langdon; unidentified. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
10th September 1970: Actress Doris Speed as Annie Walker and Betty Driver as Betty Turpin in the television series 'Coronation Street'. (Photo by John Madden/Keystone/Getty Images)
From left to right, 'Coronation Street' actresses Violet Carson (Ena Sharples), Margot Bryant (Minnie Caldwell) and Pat Phoenix (Elsie Tanner) take a break during rehearsals for the 'Royal Gala' show at the London Palladium, 28th November 1966. The show is scheduled for the next day, and is in aid of the Cinematograph and TV Benevolent Fund. (Photo by Gary Weaser/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Ken Barlow to leave Coronation Street – but not the show
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Neville Buswell obituary. Actor who played Ray Langton in Coronation Street for 10 years, then gave it all up to become a US poker dealer
Coronation Street ‘saddened’ to hear of Neville Buswell’s death
Neville Buswell starred as Ray Langton in Coronation Street. (Photo by John Madden/Keystone/Getty Images)
Coronation Street ‘saddened’ to hear of Neville Buswell’s death
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Barbara Knox and Mark Eden. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Barbara Knox and Mark Eden as Rita Fairclough and Alan Bradley. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Barbara Knox and Mark Eden. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Barbara Knox and Mark Eden as Rita Fairclough and Alan Bradley. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Barbara Knox and Mark Eden. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Barbara Knox as Rita Fairclough. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Mark Eden as Alan Bradley. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Julie Goodyear as Bet Lynch and Barbara Knox as Rita Fairclough. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Mark Eden as Alan Bradley. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - 1988: British actress Joanne Whalley, star of Ron Howard's film "Willow," poses during a 1988 Los Angeles, California, photo portrait session. Whalley, who starred in the British TV serial "Coronation Street," was married to actor Val Kilmer in 1988. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
Actress Jean Alexander, who has played Hilda Ogden in television's Coronation Streer for the past 23 years, waves to her fans outside Granada Television Studios as she arrived for the final day of filming of the special Christmas Day edition of the series in which she makes her last appearance. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Actress Thelma Barlow who plays the dithering spinster Mavis Riley in the TV soap opera, Coronation Street, inspects the new organic herb garden at Caldecott Park, Rugby, with Lawrence Hills, founder and president of the Henry Doubleday Research Association. Also present are the Mayor and Mayoress of Rugby, Councillor and Mrs Reg French, 5th September 1987. (Photo by Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Actress Jean Alexander says farewell with a seasonal drink as she prepares for her last appearance in television's 'Coronation Street' at Granada Television in Manchester. She is leaving the soap-opera after 23 years of playing Hilda Ogden. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Coronation Street star Chris Quinten is spoilt for choice, surrounded by a bevy of beauties taking part. The winner was 19 year old part-time model Elizabeth Park (top left), from Hull, who takes home 1,500 cash and returm air tickets for two to Canada, home of the competitions sponsers, labatt lager. 224672-2 (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
(L-R) Actor Leonard Fenton, who plays Dr Legg in Eastenders, singer Marti Webb, actor Chris Quentin, who plays Brian Tilsley in Coronation Street and television personality Kate Robbins. The stars at a London recording studio today sing their version of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' to provide more money for the Hungerford massacre trust fund. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Actor Bill Tarmey (Jack Duckworth) is welcomed back to Granada TV's 'Coronation Street' by his ever loving screen wife Liz Dawn (Vera Duckworth). Bill has been absent from the soap for some months having undergone major heart surgery, 6th July 1987. (Photo by Chris Paterson/Daily Mirror Manchester/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Johnny Briggs attends the wedding of his son Mark, 24, to Debbie Allbright, 22, in Guildford, Surrey. 10th July 1987. (Photo by Simeon Francis/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Actors Chris Bisson (left), of television soap Coronation Street, and Jimi Mistry, of Eastenders, attend the World Premiere of their film "East is East" at the Trafford Centre in Manchester. (Photo by Peter Wilcock - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Coronation Street actresses Georgia Taylor (left) and Tracy Shaw at The Royal Albert Hall in London, for the National Television Awards. (Photo by Peter Jordan - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Coronation Street actress Tracy Shaw arriving at The Royal Albert Hall for the National Television Awards. (Photo by William Conran - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
New faces for Coronation Street, two new stars were unveiled by Coronation Street. Tina O'Brien replaces actress Lynsay King as character Sarah Louise Platt, and Paul Fox who will play Mark Redman, Mike Baldwin's son. (Photo by Phil Noble - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Actress Gaynor Faye (who played Judy Mallett in Coronation Street), stars in Fanny and Elvis, which has its premiere at the Leeds Film Festival on 7/10/99. (Photo by Paul Barker - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Actress Tracy Shaw, who plays Maxine Heavey in the soap Coronation Street, at the opening party of 'Home', the biggest nightclub in the UK (seven floors), in Leicester Square, London. (Photo by William Conran - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
India Farmer, 6, from North Yorkshire, who was given only months to live, celebrated the first anniversary of her life-saving transplant operation, by meeting Coronation Street stars Julie Hesmondhalgh (L) (Hayley Patterson) and Jacqui Pirie (Linda Sykes). * at Granada studios in Manchester. (Photo by Malcolm Croft - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Coronation Street's Maxine (Tracy Shaw) with her on-screen partner Ashley (Steve Arnold) after the filming of their wedding at St.Mary's church, Prestwich, in Manchester. (Photo by Malcolm Croft - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Coronation street legend Julie Goodyear, alias barmaid Bet Lynch, at the Rovers Return, where she is set to make her comeback to the Granada TV soap for an Autumn 1999 special filmed in Brighton and Calais. *The new prorgame is part of the run up to celebrating 40 years of the Street. (Photo by Phil Noble - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Former Coronation Street actor Adam Rickitt sings to the crowd at the Cash for Kids Concert at Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park. (Photo by Michael Crabtree - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Coronation Street actors David Nielson, who plays Roy Cropper, and Julie Hesmondhalgh, who plays Hayley Patterson, hold the award on behalf of the programme for being chosen Best Soap by TV viewers, at the Carlton TV's British Soap Awards 1999. (Photo by Michael Crabtree - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Actor John Savident, who plays Fred Elliot in soap Coronation street, picks up the top award on behalf of the programme being chosen Best Soap by TV viewers, at Carlton TV's British Soap Awards 1999. The actor won the award for Best Comedy Performance. * 1/12/2000: The Coronation Street actor, 62, who plays butcher Fred Elliott, is in hospital with neck wounds after an incident at his flat near Granada Studios in Manchester. 20/06/01 Coronation Street actor John Savident, who plays Fred Elliot in the soap. The trial of Michael Smith, who is accused of stabbing Mr Savident, is due to start at Manchester Crown Court. Smith, 28, of Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, is accused of wounding Mr Savident, 62, with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm on 1/12/00. He is also charged with robbing him of a wallet, credit cards, keys, a watch, a ring, money clip, an invitation card and cash on the same date. Smith denies both charges. (Photo by Michael Crabtree - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
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When Nick came round to the idea of fatherhood and asked her to take him back she did, but kept the news of the abortion a secret until his mother Gail (Helen Worth) found out and told a devastated Nick, who left Natasha.

Natasha took an overdose but was found by Nick, and shortly afterwards she left Weatherfield in the back of a cab.

Actress Rachel Leskovac has returned to the set this week to reprise the role.

Natasha's arrival will stir up trouble in Nick's current relationship with Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson).

The couple are struggling with her son Oliver's diagnosis with life-threatening mitochondrial disease and Nick has been finding it hard to know how to help Leanne.

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Coronation Street: Now and then
Nick Tilsley’s former flame Natasha Blakeman to return to Coronation Street
Nick Tilsley’s former flame Natasha Blakeman to return to Coronation Street
What will this mean for David?
Coronation Street have been building anticipation over the past few weeks after revealing that well known character would be killed off in the factory collapse plot. And as it all kicking off in Weatherfield this week, actresses Sally Dynevor and Connie Hyde appeared on Monday's Loose Women to talk about the storyline. While Connie – who plays Gina Seddon – was in the studio, Sally – who plays Sally Metcalfe – spoke from the ITV set in Manchester. During the chat, Sally spoke about her co-star Connie in the past tense, causing many fans to speculate that Gina will be the one who dies. Sally said: "It was" amazing working with Connie, rather than "it is." She said: "It was – has been amazing to work with Connie Hyde."Does Gina die in the Coronation Street collapse?Viewers were quick to comment on the supposed slip up, with one writing: "Looks like Gina is being killed off then," while another said: "Did Sally just mention Connie Hyde's character Gina in a past tense?" A third added: "It could be obvious who dies – Sally is still at Corrie going by the video and Gina is at the studio with the Loose Women presenters." Coronation Street viewers will watch the residents run for their lives as the factory building collapses, which will lead to a new whodunit plotline to find out the person responsible. Those in the firing line include Seb Franklin and Nick Tilsley. Coronation Street producer Iain MacLeod has promised emotional viewing, revealing that there "won't be a dry eye in the house."MORE: This Morning's Martin Lewis reveals how his daughter made him emotionalSally Dynevor may have hinted who dies in Coronation StreetIt has already been revealed that factory owner Carla Connor won't die in the accident, as Iain has teased a new mental health episode for her in the aftermath of the collapse. He explained at a press event: "Our viewers will know the factory roof collapse is a whodunit quite early in the story, but our characters won't. Somebody operating in the shadows has done this thing." He continued: "So the early stages of this story will see Carla as a massive pariah. At the beginning, the roof collapse seems to emerge from a workaholism story for Carla. She determines that her life's priority is work and being a professional woman. She wants to focus on the factory and Aidan's legacy."READ: Emmerdale fans in shock as major character returns from the dead"That drives Carla into making some mistakes, that will lead to the factory falling in basically! She alienates a lot of people. First it will look like an accident, then we'll start to reveal that it's not," he teased. "This factory collapse story has lots of unexpected off-shoots into areas that give our amazing cast a chance to show off their acting chops."Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
Nick Tilsley 'set to return to Coronation Street in October as Ben Price starts filming'
Next week on Corrie... Nick Tilsley gets a frosty reception, and Sinead's worst fears are confirmed.
Coronation Street viewers in tears over ‘very moving’ scenes as Ken Barlow leaves cobbles
Coronation Street fans sob as Ken Barlow leaves the cobbles
Coronation Street and Emmerdale cancel set tours over coronavirus fears
Coronation Street star Nathan Graham wants to inspire first openly gay footballer of modern era
Jack P. Shepherd as David Platt in a character portrait for Coronation Street. (ITV)
Keegan Hirst meets Coronation Street star amid football homophobia storyline
Coronation Street actor who plays James Bailey says 'football is ready to have a gay player'
Photo credit: ITV
Coronation Street spoiler pictures show Ali Neeson leave the cobbles
After a sleepless night, a frazzled Gemma Winter [DOLLY-ROSE CAMPBELL] opens the door to Bernie Winter [JANE HAZLEGROVE] who bustles her way in. Bernie casts her eye over the mess at No.5 and realises Gemma isn't coping. Gemma insists she's fine but it's clear to Bernie that's far from true. (ITV Plc)
Evelyn Plummer [MAUREEN LIPMAN] and Tyrone Dobbs [ALAN HALSALL] take Cerberus to the vets. As Evelyn pays the bill, she's taken aback when her old flame Arthur Medwin [PAUL COPLEY] enters the surgery with his cockapoo. Tyrone watches in amusement at their interaction (ITV Plc)
Having sabotaged Ken Barlow's [WILLIAM ROACHE] talk and suggesting they head to the bar, Norris Cole [MALCOLM HEBDEN] reveals that he and Freda moved into Stillwaters several weeks ago. Making sure Freda can't read his lips, Norris admits to Ken that he can't stand Stillwaters and needs his help to escape. Ken's shocked. (ITV Plc)
When Yasmeen Metcalfe [SHELLEY KING] reveals that they're moving to Cyprus, Alya's horrified and tells Yasmeen that it's clear Geoff is abusing her and trying to separate her from the people who care about her. Determined to rescue her Gran from the clutches of Geoff, Alya grabs some of Yasmeen's clothes and starts stuffing them into a bag, (ITV Plc)
At baby yoga Vanessa apologises to Gemma Winter [DOLLY-ROSE CAMPBELL] for the 'misunderstanding' over the party and invites her to join she and Imogen for lunch. Gemma's pleased but as they ply her with prosecco then she hears them bitching about her an upset Gemma grabs the buggy and heads out. In her emotional state, Gemma fails to spot an oncoming car which screeches to a halt, narrowly missing the buggy. A police officer realises Gemma's been drinking (ITV Plc)
Evelyn Plummer [MAUREEN LIPMAN] and Arthur Medwin [PAUL COPLEY] reminisce about old times and how if it weren't for certain circumstances, they'd probably have married. He tells Evelyn he'll be in the Rovers tomorrow at 6pm. (ITV Plc)
Evelyn Plummer [MAUREEN LIPMAN] eserves a booth in the Rovers for her date with Arthur and Claudia Colby [RULA LENSKA] offers to do her hair and makeup. But when Evelyn looks in the mirror she's horrified to realise she looks just like Claudia! (ITV Plc)
Coronation Street actor who self-isolated over coronavirus fears to return to work
With Maria's words in mind, Emma tells Seb Franklin [HARRY VISINONI] he'll have to make himself scarce later as she's having the girls round. But has her plan backfired when Seb heads to the Rovers and unwittingly finds himself sitting next to Alina Pop [RUXANDRA POROJNICU] (ITV Plc)
Coronation Street cast member self-isolates as coronavirus precaution
Coronavirus: Coronation Street undergoing rewrites after soap star put into isolation
Coronation Street stars during a Christmas Party sequence at the Rovers Return. Left to right, Julie Goodyear as Bet Lynch; Doris Speed as Annie Walker; Jack Howarth as Albert Tatlock; Betty Driver as Betty Turpin (behind); Barbara Knox as Rita Littlewood; Anne Kirkbride as Deidre Hunt (behind), as Jean Alexander as Hilda Ogden; unidentified; Stephen Hancock as Ernest Bishop; as Geoffrey Hughes as Eddie Yeats (at the back); Violet Carson as Ena Sharples; Eileen Derbyshire as Emily Bishop; Margo Bryant as Minnie Caldwell; unidentified; Thelma Barlow as Mavis Riley; Bernard Youens as Stan Ogden; Neville Buswell as Ray Langdon; unidentified. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
10th September 1970: Actress Doris Speed as Annie Walker and Betty Driver as Betty Turpin in the television series 'Coronation Street'. (Photo by John Madden/Keystone/Getty Images)
From left to right, 'Coronation Street' actresses Violet Carson (Ena Sharples), Margot Bryant (Minnie Caldwell) and Pat Phoenix (Elsie Tanner) take a break during rehearsals for the 'Royal Gala' show at the London Palladium, 28th November 1966. The show is scheduled for the next day, and is in aid of the Cinematograph and TV Benevolent Fund. (Photo by Gary Weaser/Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Ken Barlow to leave Coronation Street – but not the show
Ken Barlow to leave Coronation Street – but not the show
Neville Buswell obituary. Actor who played Ray Langton in Coronation Street for 10 years, then gave it all up to become a US poker dealer
Coronation Street ‘saddened’ to hear of Neville Buswell’s death
Neville Buswell starred as Ray Langton in Coronation Street. (Photo by John Madden/Keystone/Getty Images)
Coronation Street ‘saddened’ to hear of Neville Buswell’s death
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Barbara Knox and Mark Eden. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Barbara Knox and Mark Eden as Rita Fairclough and Alan Bradley. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Barbara Knox and Mark Eden. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Barbara Knox and Mark Eden as Rita Fairclough and Alan Bradley. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Barbara Knox and Mark Eden. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Barbara Knox as Rita Fairclough. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Mark Eden as Alan Bradley. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Julie Goodyear as Bet Lynch and Barbara Knox as Rita Fairclough. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
The cast of 'Coronation Street' filming scenes for death of Alan Bradley storyline in Blackpool. Mark Eden as Alan Bradley. 30th October 1989. (Photo by Andrew Stenning/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - 1988: British actress Joanne Whalley, star of Ron Howard's film "Willow," poses during a 1988 Los Angeles, California, photo portrait session. Whalley, who starred in the British TV serial "Coronation Street," was married to actor Val Kilmer in 1988. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
Actress Jean Alexander, who has played Hilda Ogden in television's Coronation Streer for the past 23 years, waves to her fans outside Granada Television Studios as she arrived for the final day of filming of the special Christmas Day edition of the series in which she makes her last appearance. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Actress Thelma Barlow who plays the dithering spinster Mavis Riley in the TV soap opera, Coronation Street, inspects the new organic herb garden at Caldecott Park, Rugby, with Lawrence Hills, founder and president of the Henry Doubleday Research Association. Also present are the Mayor and Mayoress of Rugby, Councillor and Mrs Reg French, 5th September 1987. (Photo by Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Actress Jean Alexander says farewell with a seasonal drink as she prepares for her last appearance in television's 'Coronation Street' at Granada Television in Manchester. She is leaving the soap-opera after 23 years of playing Hilda Ogden. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Coronation Street star Chris Quinten is spoilt for choice, surrounded by a bevy of beauties taking part. The winner was 19 year old part-time model Elizabeth Park (top left), from Hull, who takes home 1,500 cash and returm air tickets for two to Canada, home of the competitions sponsers, labatt lager. 224672-2 (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
(L-R) Actor Leonard Fenton, who plays Dr Legg in Eastenders, singer Marti Webb, actor Chris Quentin, who plays Brian Tilsley in Coronation Street and television personality Kate Robbins. The stars at a London recording studio today sing their version of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' to provide more money for the Hungerford massacre trust fund. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Actor Bill Tarmey (Jack Duckworth) is welcomed back to Granada TV's 'Coronation Street' by his ever loving screen wife Liz Dawn (Vera Duckworth). Bill has been absent from the soap for some months having undergone major heart surgery, 6th July 1987. (Photo by Chris Paterson/Daily Mirror Manchester/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Johnny Briggs attends the wedding of his son Mark, 24, to Debbie Allbright, 22, in Guildford, Surrey. 10th July 1987. (Photo by Simeon Francis/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Actors Chris Bisson (left), of television soap Coronation Street, and Jimi Mistry, of Eastenders, attend the World Premiere of their film "East is East" at the Trafford Centre in Manchester. (Photo by Peter Wilcock - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Coronation Street actresses Georgia Taylor (left) and Tracy Shaw at The Royal Albert Hall in London, for the National Television Awards. (Photo by Peter Jordan - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Coronation Street actress Tracy Shaw arriving at The Royal Albert Hall for the National Television Awards. (Photo by William Conran - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
New faces for Coronation Street, two new stars were unveiled by Coronation Street. Tina O'Brien replaces actress Lynsay King as character Sarah Louise Platt, and Paul Fox who will play Mark Redman, Mike Baldwin's son. (Photo by Phil Noble - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Actress Gaynor Faye (who played Judy Mallett in Coronation Street), stars in Fanny and Elvis, which has its premiere at the Leeds Film Festival on 7/10/99. (Photo by Paul Barker - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Actress Tracy Shaw, who plays Maxine Heavey in the soap Coronation Street, at the opening party of 'Home', the biggest nightclub in the UK (seven floors), in Leicester Square, London. (Photo by William Conran - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
India Farmer, 6, from North Yorkshire, who was given only months to live, celebrated the first anniversary of her life-saving transplant operation, by meeting Coronation Street stars Julie Hesmondhalgh (L) (Hayley Patterson) and Jacqui Pirie (Linda Sykes). * at Granada studios in Manchester. (Photo by Malcolm Croft - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Coronation Street's Maxine (Tracy Shaw) with her on-screen partner Ashley (Steve Arnold) after the filming of their wedding at St.Mary's church, Prestwich, in Manchester. (Photo by Malcolm Croft - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Coronation street legend Julie Goodyear, alias barmaid Bet Lynch, at the Rovers Return, where she is set to make her comeback to the Granada TV soap for an Autumn 1999 special filmed in Brighton and Calais. *The new prorgame is part of the run up to celebrating 40 years of the Street. (Photo by Phil Noble - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Former Coronation Street actor Adam Rickitt sings to the crowd at the Cash for Kids Concert at Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park. (Photo by Michael Crabtree - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Coronation Street actors David Nielson, who plays Roy Cropper, and Julie Hesmondhalgh, who plays Hayley Patterson, hold the award on behalf of the programme for being chosen Best Soap by TV viewers, at the Carlton TV's British Soap Awards 1999. (Photo by Michael Crabtree - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Actor John Savident, who plays Fred Elliot in soap Coronation street, picks up the top award on behalf of the programme being chosen Best Soap by TV viewers, at Carlton TV's British Soap Awards 1999. The actor won the award for Best Comedy Performance. * 1/12/2000: The Coronation Street actor, 62, who plays butcher Fred Elliott, is in hospital with neck wounds after an incident at his flat near Granada Studios in Manchester. 20/06/01 Coronation Street actor John Savident, who plays Fred Elliot in the soap. The trial of Michael Smith, who is accused of stabbing Mr Savident, is due to start at Manchester Crown Court. Smith, 28, of Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, is accused of wounding Mr Savident, 62, with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm on 1/12/00. He is also charged with robbing him of a wallet, credit cards, keys, a watch, a ring, money clip, an invitation card and cash on the same date. Smith denies both charges. (Photo by Michael Crabtree - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Nick will start to feel increasingly sidelined as Leanne and her ex Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) are forced to make difficult decisions about Oliver's treatment.

On a visit to the hospital in the early autumn Nick will be surprised to see his ex Natasha. The pair catch up on the news of the past decade, but Nick is reluctant to tell Leanne about the chance meeting.

Leskovac said: "I am very excited and proud to be welcomed back to Coronation Street, especially as so many old friends are still there. It's always great to be able to return to a character to explore a whole new path for them."

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