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Monday 24th February 2020

Coronation Street's Jennie McAlpine reveals co-stars kept her in their WhatsApp group

Actress Jennie McAlpine has revealed the sweet gesture her Coronation Street co-stars made while she was on maternity leave.

Jennie, who will return to the street as Fiz Stape next week gave birth to her second child, Hilda, in October 2018.

But her friends on the cobbles wanted to make sure she didn't feel forgotten - and kept her in their WhatsApp group!

Fiz's on-screen other half kept in touch (Credit: ITV)

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Speaking to Best magazine, Jennie revealed: "We have a Corrie WhatsApp group and they very kindly let me stay in that while I was off, so I could keep abreast of what was going on."

She also told how Alan Halsall, who plays her partner Tyrone Dobbs, was one of the first to visit her newborn: "Alan was one of the first people to visit Hilda and give her a cuddle.

"Quite a few of the cast came to meet her."

Aw, just like a real family!

Jennie showed what a family they are on her first day back on set when she posted a picture to her Instagram.

The snap showed her with Sam Aston, who plays her on-screen brother Chesney Brown, Andy Whyment, who plays her ex-bofriend Kirk Sutherland, and Alan.

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My best boys ❤️❤️

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Jenny captioned the post: "My best boys," with two red love hearts.

Back in June Jenny confirmed she had started filming her Coronation Street return scenes and they will finally be shown on screen next week.

Isabella Flanagan, who plays Fiz's daughter Hope, will also be returning to her role.

Isabella will be returning as Hope along with Jennie (Credit: ITV)

The actress welcomed her second child, a baby girl named Hilda, in October with her husband Chris Farr.

The couple also have a four-year-old son named Albert.

On screen, Fiz left the cobbles with daughter Hope to take her daughter to Birmingham in the hope her bad behaviour could be dealt with in a specialist unit.

Hope's behaviour was getting worse (Credit: ITV)

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Viewers saw Hope's behaviour getting worse resulting in her exclusion from Bessie Street Primary school for biting a teacher.

Hope also deliberately let Evelyn's dog Cerberus go on a tram bound for Rochdale. She refused to apologise to Evelyn who was furious.

Hope put Cerberus on a tram (Credit: ITV)

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Fiz and Tyrone decided to go to visit a therapist about the little girl's behaviour and Tyrone found a school that could help.

Coronation Street is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.30pm and 8.30pm.

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