Who’s leaving Coronation Street in 2022? And who is returning to the cobbles?
Last month the soap announced a huge comeback in the form of Spider Nugent, followed closely by another surprise return in the form of Audrey’s son…
A former Brookside actor is set to join the cast and there are rumours of a new signing in the form of an ex-Emmerdale star.
And now another past face is coming back: Wendy Crozier.
There’s a lot of changes coming up to the cast of Coronation Street 2022!
Who’s returning to Coronation Street in 2022?
The former lover of Ken Barlow will make another sensational return to the cobbles, according to The Sun.
Actress Roberta Kerr is said to be making a comeback after last being seen in 2012.
She first appeared in Corrie in 1989 and began an affair with Ken after they started working together.
Deirdre took revenge after she found out and Ken shacked up with Wendy. However, he fell into a depression and left Wendy, later reuniting with Deirdre.
Wendy then returned in 2012 and met up with Ken again, pretending she just wanted to be friends.
She then got him drunk and let him sleep on her sofa, however told Deirdre they’d slept together. Ken banished her over the betrayal and told her they could never be friends.
A source told the publication: “Wendy was run out of the cobbles by Ken 10 years ago after she tried to rekindle their affair and she’s stayed away.
“But this summer she will make a comeback as a social worker involved with another street resident and end up bumping into her old flame.
“Has Wendy changed or will she want to get her claws back into Ken?”
Audrey Roberts will welcome her son Stephen back to the soap. He was last seen on the cobbles in 2007.
And, according to sources, his arrival is part of a big new storyline that will put Audrey back at the centre of the Weatherfield action.
Original actor Todd Boyce will return to the role.
Stephen was the son that teen mum Audrey gave up as a baby.
They were reunited on-screen in 1996, after Stephen arrived in Weatherfied to get to know Audrey and her family better.
This time, his return comes amid Audrey’s family having concerns for her welfare, which have grown in recent months.
She has been frustrated with getting older, been diagnosed with cataracts and there have also been fears about her drinking.
According to Metro, Stephen is returning for a long-term storyline which will see him help support Audrey.
“Stephen’s return to Corrie comes amid frustrations that she is being viewed as an old woman by the family,” a source said.
“When Stephen comes back, she’ll find herself comforted by his support.
“It’s the start of a big story. The rest of the Platts will be suspicious over Stephen and what he wants.”
“What is he after and should Audrey be listening to the rest of the clan?”
It’s been 25 years since Emily Bishop’s eco-warrior nephew, Spider Nugent, lived on the cobbles.
But Martin Hancock is reprising his role for the first time since 2003.
The former on/off boyfriend of Toyah Battersby is coming back to the street in July. But why is he returning?
Spider was last seen moving to London with Toyah, however we know things didn’t work out. He then went to Peru, where Emily joined him when actress Eileen Derbyshire went off-screen.
Is he back for Toyah, whose marriage to Imran is set to explode when he leaves the cobbles?
Or has something else brought him back?
Of his return, Martin said: “Having the opportunity to walk back onto the cobbles is fabulous.
“I’m so excited to be seeing a lot of old friends and picking up what Spider has been up to.
“I’ve always wanted to come back at some point and it just felt like this is the right time. I’m eternally grateful to Iain for the opportunity.”
Meanwhile, show producer Iain Macleod, said: “Martin is a fabulous actor and Spider is a character with real heritage, and affection from fans.
“His return heralds an enthralling new story for Toyah, who will be embroiled in a mess of guilt and secrecy when Spider arrives. Will he be her saviour or the thing that ruins her life forever?”
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The soap has also confirmed another return for Dylan Wilson – the son of Sean Tully and Violet Wilson.
Liam McCheyne, who plays him, shared pictures to his Instagram of Corrie scripts.
He wrote: “Can’t wait to get back to work on the 17th super excited, been a long time coming
“Hopefully many memories and fun to come!”
Sean became a donor for Violet so she could have Dylan in 2007, but she left the street with the baby shortly after giving birth.
Dylan was last seen on-screen in 2020 when he struggled to bond with his dad as homophobic bullies teased him.
Who’s joining Coronation Street in 2022?
Brookside legend Simon O’Brien has been cast as Sean Tully‘s latest love interest.
The former Damon Grant actor will appear in a guest role later this month.
According to Digital Spy Simon began filming two months ago and his character, Frank Bardsley, will instantly strike up a connection with Sean.
But Frank also went to school with George Shuttleworth, who is suspicious of his old acquaintance.
An insider told the website: “While Sean is smitten, there may be more to Frank than meets the eye.
“Frank went to school with local undertaker George Shuttleworth, who knows details about his past and is wary of him.
“Is Frank the same guy that George knew all those years ago, or has he changed his ways?”
Sean is, of course, ever the optimist about finding The One. But will he listen to George’s words of warning?
Simon is best known to soap fans as Brookside‘s Damon Grant.
A new report suggests Zoe Lambert is joining Corrie this year.
The actress starred in Emmerdale as Rachel Whatmore between 2003 and 2005.
According to The Sun she will begin filming this week for scenes to air in June. Her stint is set to be just for a few episodes.
Zoe’s Emmerdale character Rachel was the Tate family solicitor who tried to help Chris Tate con wife Charity Dingle out of her money. He intended to frame her for his murder when he took his own life.
She then also had an affair with Chris’s sister Zoe, and became involved in a shock love triangle with her and Scott Windsor.
Zoe also reappeared in Emmerdale in 2018 as the woman who interrupted Robert and Aaron’s wedding to have Faith Dingle arrested.
Who’s leaving Coronation Street in 2022?
Charlie De Melo, who plays Imran Habeeb, is set to depart the soap.
The actor has played the solicitor for five years, but according to The Sun, felt the “time was right to try new things”.
“He’s hugely talented and very ambitious and wants to see what else is out there,” a source said.
“He will always cherish his time in Weatherfield, but for now it’s goodbye.”
And he’s set to be leaving off the back of an almighty storyline now the truth about his love child with Abi Franklin is out.
Imran and Toyah remain united and will next week get married. They plan to raise baby Alfie together and cut Abi out of his life.
But it’s clear Toyah’s having doubts about her part in all this. Can she really and truly trust Imran?
With Abi defiant she will get her son back, will Imran lose both Toyah and his child? Is that what causes him to leave?
Or will he take the baby and flee alone after Toyah’s ex, Spider, return?
Imran’s departure scenes will reportedly air over the summer.
Coronation Street usually airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV.
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**This article is updated regularly to reflect the ongoing cast changes in Coronation Street.