Coronation Street’s 9 best cameos

Which famous faces popped up as guest stars on the nation's favourite street?

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Setting foot on the cobbles is the dream of many a Coronation Street fan – and that goes for famous fans too.

Some of them have got to live that dream and have had a small part in the show for a few episodes.

From comedians stars, to full-on Hollywood actors and pop royalty, a number of famous faces have graced the cast of Coronation Street with their presence.

Here is a round up of the biggest and best cameos Corrie’s ever seen.

1. Peter Kay

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It wasn’t the best date (Credit: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Comedian Peter Kay starred in one episode of Coronation Street as drayman Eric Gartside.

Unlucky-in-love Shelley Unwin (Sally Lindsay) agreed to a date with Eric in January 2004 after the end of her marriage to bigamist Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne).

Eric pulled out all the stops to win her over, even taking Shelley to a fancy restaurant, but when they ended up back at his house for a cup of tea, the sight of his mother, Dolly, in her dressing gown was enough to put Shelley off for good.

She make a hasty retreat and refused Eric’s offer of another date, telling him to cut the apron strings if he wanted to find love.

2. Sir Ian McKellen

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Sir Ian spent a few weeks on the cobbles (Credit: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

Best-known for playing Gandalf in the Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Magneto in The X-Men movies, Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes, and Cogsworth in the live-action Beauty and the Beast adaptation, Sir Ian McKellen joined Coronation Street for 10 episodes in May 2005 when his character, Mel Hutchwright, turned up at a book club after being invited by Blanche Hunt (Maggie Jones).

Mel had written the book they were discussing, and while Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden), Emily Bishop (Eileen Derbyshire) and Rita Tanner (Barbara Knox) were all in awe of him, Ken Barlow’s (William Roache) nose was firmly put out of joint.

The author moved in with Norris and Emily to finish his next book, allowed them to pay for everything, and even persuaded the book club to donate £200 each to help publish the novel.

But Ken wasn’t taken in and eventually exposed Mel for who he really was: conman Lionel Hipkiss. Norris threw Lionel out and that was the last we ever saw of Sir Ian on the cobbles.

3. Paddy McGuinness

Paddy McGuinness on Corrie Credit: ITV/YouTube
Paddy’s camping style left little room for fun (Credit: ITV/YouTube)

Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness played Dougie Ryan in six episodes in August 2005.

Kirk Sutherland (Andy Whyment), Beth Tinker (Lisa George), Craig Tinker (Colson Smith), Sinead Tinker (Katie McGlynn), Chesney Brown (Sam Aston), Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) and Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall) went on a camping trip, where Dougie was with his daughter Caitlin (Eve Gordon).

He fancied himself as a bit of a Bear Grylls type and immediately rubbed Tyrone up the wrong way, although the rest of the group were in awe of him.

A trek into the woods to forage for food ended in an argument and eventually Dougie was put in his place by his own daughter.

Paddy has talked of a Corrie return and told The Manchester Evening News that he would love to go back for another short stint.

4. Sarah Harding

Sarah Harding Corrie Credit: ITV/YouTube
Sarah’s appearance wasn’t the biggest of hits… (Credit: ITV/YouTube)

Despite Cheryl often saying she’d love a role in Coronation Street (and having a small part in the Text Santa special), it was Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah Harding who ended up starring in five episodes of the soap as Joni Preston, ex-wife of Robert Preston (Tristan Gemmill).

Joni arrived on the cobbles looking for Robert in July 2015. He’d reignited his relationship with Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford), and Joni wasn’t happy.

When she finally caught up with them at the restaurant Robert and Joni owned together, she gave Tracy an almighty slap. She and Robert divorced and he handed everything over to her.

His relationship with Tracy didn’t much longer than Sarah’s stint in Corrie after critics slammed her performance and the show told The Mirror there were “no immediate plans for the character of Joni to return”.

5. Joan Collins

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Joan was in a Corrie spin-off DVD with Jack and Vera (Credit: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Joan Collins, star of Dynasty, as well as many movies such as The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, The Big Sleep, and The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing, and those based on the books by her sister, Jackie: The Stud and The Bitch, popped in a Street spin off.

She played herself in the 1997 feature-length Viva Las Vegas! where she was on a plane with Corrie icons Jack and Vera Duckworth (Bill Tarmey and Elizabeth Dawn), who’d travelled to Vegas to renew their wedding vows.

Vera spilled a drink on herself as Joan walked past and Joan assured her it would wash out, adding: “I should know,” in reference to all the times she had a drink thrown over her in Dynasty.

6. James Fleet

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It was quite the character departure for James Fleet (Credit: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Four Weddings and a Funeral and Vicar of Dibley star James Fleet was in Corrie for seven episode in 2010 as Robbie Sloane, cellmate of Tony Gordon (Gray O’Brien).

Playing a murderer was quite the departure for James who is best known for playing loveable guys.

But in Corrie, he helped Tony escape from prison and then held both Carla Connor (Alison King) and Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh) at gunpoint.

Sadly for Robbie, who was helping Tony in return for £2000 to pay for his son to go to university, he choose the wrong man to trust as Tony shot and killed him as a thank you.

7. Holly and Phil

Phil and Holly’s cameo saw Rosie exit Weatherfield (Credit: ITV)

The King and Queen of daytime Television Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were in one episode of Coronation Street in June 2018.

They played a part in the exit storyline of Rosie Webster (Helen Flanagan) who was heading off on maternity leave.

Rosie, along with Craig Tinker and Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell) appeared on the This Morning sofa after taking down a drug lord on the Street.

While Craig was enamoured with Holly, Gemma flirted up a storm with Phil, and Rosie managed to insult everyone!

8. Status Quo

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Mark Campbell/REX/Shutterstock (548900d) Rick Parfitt, Bruce Jones and Wendi Peters and Francis Rossi CORONATION STREET STARS AT GRANADA STUDIOS, MANCHESTER, BRITAIN - SEP 2005
Status Quo were Les Battersby’s heroes (Credit: Mark Campbell/REX/Shutterstock)

Quo rockers Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt appeared in three episodes of the soap in 2005 as themselves.

They were spotted by super-fan Les Battersby (Bruce Jones) who persuaded them to come and sing at his wedding to Cilla Battersby-Brown (Wendi Peters).

The band duly obliged – and then took Candice Stowe (Nikki Sanderson) with them on tour as their personal hairdresser.

9. Honor Blackman

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Norris didn’t know where to look during Honor’s cameo (Credit: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)
Former Bond Girl Honor Blackman, who starred as Pussy Galore in the 1964 Bond movie Goldfinger, and was also in The Avengers and Jason and the Argonauts, joined Corrie in 2004 for five episodes.

She played Rula Romanoff, an old friend of Rita’swho tried to seduce Norris in a wife-swapping storyline!

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