Carla Connor is going to be caught between two brothers when she returns to Coronation Street.
The former factory owner – who is played by actress Alison King in the ITV soap – is making her cobbles comeback at Christmas after an absence of almost two years.
But while she’s hiding a huge secret, old habits will die hard and Carla will be drawn to one of Ken Barlow’s sons – just not the one that considers her the love of his life, or not yet anyway.
At first Carla will embark on a passionate affair with Daniel Osbourne, but she will soon be drawn back to his brother Peter.
Actor Chris Gascoyne, who plays Peter, was asked about how he will react with the love of his life returning when he’s trying for a baby with new girlfriend Toyah Battersby, and confirmed that they will reunite.
“Peter’s trying to pretend she’s not [the love of his life],” he told DigitalSpy.
“He’s saying: ‘All right? How you doing?’ But how long he can keep that up for, I don’t know.
“Poor Toyah! I’m guessing that at some point something will happen between Carla and Peter, because I’m guessing that it’s what the viewers will want.”
Viewers won’t have to wait long for the couple to reunite as Carla’s return will air the week before Christmas.
Corrie boss Kate Oates previously teased Carla’s new relationship with Peter’s brother Daniel.
She told The Sun Online: “It’s one of those slightly unusual dynamics where if you think about it you can see what each of them is getting out of the relationship but on paper you might think ‘oh that’s a surprise’.”
Admitting that there will be a backlash to the pairing, Kate added: “I would encourage the viewers who are wrong-footed by it in a way that they are uncomfortable with it, I’d just encourage them to think about what each character might be getting out of this little fling and it will hopefully make more sense.”
Carla’s return will come about when her brother Aidan begs her to help him save Underworld.
But once she’s back on the street, it will be Roy Cropper who convinces her to stick around on the cobbles while she deals with her mysterious secret.