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Coronation Street’s Lucy Fallon will return to soap if bosses will have her after COVID-19 halts new career – The Sun

CORONATION Street's Lucy Fallon says she will return to soap if bosses will have her after COVID-19 stalls her new career.

The 24-year-old quit the Corrie cobbles in search of new challenges, but admits her plans have been floored by the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down the TV industry.

In her first interview since leaving Weatherfield two months ago, Lucy told The Sun she hopes there will be an opportunity to rejoin the ITV soap in the future.

She said: “It was really difficult to make the decision to leave, but I’d been there for five years and it was all I’d ever known.

“I’d never done theatre or anything away from Corrie and after the grooming storyline where I won quite a few awards, which was amazing, I realised if I didn’t leave and try other things I might end up wondering, ‘What if?’.

“But obviously Covid-19 has thrown it all up in the air now.

“As I left, work was starting to pick up and take off and now everything has stopped.

“But I do know there are loads of people in much worse situations than me and I’ve been very lucky.

“I’m trying to stay positive about it, but it’s obviously a bit sad having nothing to do.”

Her character was last seen in March leaving Weatherfield for a new life in London.

But despite her meteoric rise, Lucy admits she has turned to her veteran co-stars, including on screen mum Sarah Platt, played by Tina O’Brien, and great-gran Audrey Roberts, played by Sue Nicholls, for advice on where to go next.

She adds: “I’m not under any illusion that I’m going to be working for ever and all these parts are going to come to me, but I spoke to a few people and they gave me the confidence to try.

"I’m very conscious of the fact that I don’t want it to sound like I see going back to Corrie as a back-up — that’s absolutely not how it is.

“I absolutely love that show and I would do it a thousand times over and I obviously would 100 per cent go back there in future if they will have me.

“It’s just about me spreading my wings in a way. And trying to live with no regrets.

“Corrie is the only part I’ve ever auditioned for and I was very lucky to get it, but I know that’s not always going to happen.

"At the moment auditions are all being done remotely so I’ve done a few self-tapes, including one today, and I’ve read for a new comedy which is still in the pipeline, so I’m hoping something will work out.”

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17 Coronation Street virtual pub quiz questions

Our weekly doses of Coronation Street have been rationed out recently after the soap was forced to shut down production amid the Coronavirus pandemic, which has led us to reminiscing about some of the show’s most memorable moments.

From Alan Bradley’s dramatic death to Deirdre Barlow and Mike Baldwin’s affair, there’s been plenty of drama on the Cobbles over the years since the show first hit our screens in 1960 and what better way to our knowledge about the goings on in Weatherfield than with a Coronation Street virtual pub quiz?

So if you’re a Corrie fan, settle down with a cuppa and see if you can answer these questions – then test your mates in your next virtual pub quiz. A virtual drink atThe Rovers Return Inn for anyone who can get them all correct!

Q: Who is the longest running character on Coronation Street?
A: Ken Barlow (he’s been in the soap since the very first episode!)

Q: What was the original title of the soap before it was renamed ‘Coronation Street’?
A: Creator Tony Warren had to rename the series from its original title Florizel Street

Q: Who played Sinead Tinker in Coronation Street until last year?
A: Katie McGlynn

Q: Which stalwart of the street said goodbye to the soap on Christmas Day 1987 and was sent off with a sing-a-long in the Rovers?
A: Hilda Ogden (Jean Alexander)

Q: What dramatic event did Coronation Street stage during their live episode to celebrate the soap’s 50th birthday in 2010?
A: The iconic tram crash

Q: What were Les and Cilla Battersby doing when they crashed through a ceiling together?
A: Having a bath with their dog

Q: Who did Gail Platt describe as ‘Norman Bates with a briefcase’?
A: Her serial killer ex-husband Richard Hillman

Q: Coronation Street featured the first transgender character in a UK soap opera, but what was her name?
A: Hayley Cropper

Q: How was Alan Bradley killed in 1989?
A: He was hit by a tram as he chased Rita across the tracks

Q: Which character did actress Michelle Keegan play on Corrie?
A: Tina McIntyre

Q: How old was Sarah-Louise Platt when she gave birth to her daughter, Bethany?
A: 13

Q: What record did Jack Duckworth put on before passing away in 2010?
A: A Matt Munro record

Q: Who took everyone in the Bistro hostage and shot Michelle Connor in 2018?
A: Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre)

Q: Who played Rosie Webster in the soap from 2000–2018?
A: Helen Flanagan

Q: How did Tracy Barlow murder Charlie Stubbs in 2007?
A: Using a heavy brass ornament, which she reached for while dancing to Oasis

Q: Who composed the iconic Coronation Street theme tune?
A: Eric Spear

Q: Which member of the British royal family has appeared in Corrie?
A: H.R.H. Prince Charles, who made an appearance on the show’s 40th Anniversary episode in 2000

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Coronation Street’s Colson Smith shows off remarkable weight loss in new ‘convict’ picture after taking up running – The Sun

CORONATION Street star Colson Smith showed off his remarkable weight loss in a new picture after shedding pounds by taking up running.

The 21-year-old Craig Tinker actor posed in a tracksuit top and bottoms in a late-night snap posted on Instagram.

Joking about his all-grey attire, he shared the shot with the lyrics "Konvict music" from Akon's I Wanna Love You playing on the screen.

The Corrie favourite revealed he had taken up running earlier this month, posting: "Bank Holiday run done 🤩. Feet up & some family time while staying at home now! Have a good un folks 🇬🇧."

His stunned Corrie co-star Andy Whyment, who plays Kirk Sutherland, replied: "Looking absolutely mega pal well done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻."

One amazed fan insisted that he was "giving Adele a run for her money" in the weight-loss stakes.


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Coronation Street 'will film scenes of oldest stars from home'

Coronation Street ‘will film scenes of oldest stars from home for 60th anniversary celebrations as they avoid returning to set amid COVID-19 crisis’

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Coronation Street producers are reportedly considering to film scenes of the soap’s oldest stars from home as they avoid returning to set amid the coronavirus crisis.

Sources have claimed bosses are keen to include the show’s most iconic faces, featuring the likes of Ken Barlow actor Bill Roache, 88, and Rita Sullivan’s Barbara Knox, 86, in its 60th anniversary celebrations, set to take place later this year.

Filming for Corrie is expected to resume in a matter of weeks after the COVID-19 pandemic forced its suspension back in March.

Drastic measures: Corrie bosses are reportedly considering to film scenes of the soap’s oldest stars from home (Bill Roache as Ken Barlow pictured)

Insiders told The Sun: ‘The celebrations would have felt a little empty if the stars who have helped make the soap such a hit for six decades weren’t involved.

‘So there are no lengths they will not consider to make this happen – though their number-one priority, of course, is the safety of the soap’s family of legends.’

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As Brits over 70 fall within the at risk category of those more vulnerable to the deadly virus, older cast members have been told to stay home.

Plans: Sources have claimed bosses are keen to include the show’s most iconic faces, featuring Rita Sullivan’s Barbara Knox (pictured), 86, in its 60th anniversary celebrations

‘I’d like to get back’: Iconic thespian Bill recently revealed he won’t be returning to the soap ‘for some time’

Iconic thespian Bill recently revealed he won’t be returning to the soap ‘for some time’.

Speaking to Radio Derby earlier this month, the soap star shared his disappointment as he said: ‘Senior members of the cast will not be called back for some time, sadly. I’d like to get back.’ 

Bill has appeared on the soap since it began in 1960, and his character has moved into a retirement home but will be temporarily written out in favour of younger cast members.

Of how things are set to change on set, he continued: ‘They’ve said it’s going to be very, very different. Scenes will be about lockdown.

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Played by Bill Roache, 88


Played by Barbara Knox, 86 


Played by Sue Nicholls, 76


Played by David Neilson, 71 

‘Scenes will be shot more simply with less people. Cameras will be placed where there’s required distance, so it will be very, very different when we get back.’

Production for Coronation Street was halted in March in the midst of coronavirus, and despite attempts to ration pre-filmed episodes, ITV have already confirmed the soap could go off the air by the end of June.

Sources have confirmed bosses have put together a plan for the cast to return to set next month and film with the use of clever camera angles to ensure stars are adhering to social distancing. 

It’s thought some of the cast will return to production in smaller groups, with scenes filmed with the use of clever camera angles to ensure stars keep at least two metres apart.  

Safety: As Brits over 70 fall within the at risk category of those more vulnerable to the deadly virus, older cast members have been told to stay home (David Neilson, 71, as Roy Cropper)

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Coronation Street’s Ken Barlow will be out of the soap ‘for some time’ due to coronavirus fears, confirms Bill Roache – The Sun

CORONATION Street legend Bill Roache has revealed Ken Barlow may be written out of show "for some time" due to coronavirus fears on set.

The 88-year-old actor – who has played the well-loved character on the ITV soap since 1960 – says bosses aren't taking any risks with older cast members when filming resumes next month.

The soap veteran admitted he is "sad" at the thought of not being allowed to return to the show's set alongside his co-stars.

Chatting exclusively to Radio Derbyshire, Bill said: "Senior members of the cast will not be called back for some time, sadly. I'd like to get back.

"The decision to not have older cast members on set is said to be down to health reasons."

The actor also claimed that the hit soap will be a "very different" when it returns after lockdown.

He added: "They've said it's going to be very, very different. Scenes will be about lockdown.

"Scenes will be shot more simply with less people. Cameras will be placed where there's required distance, so it will be very, very different when we get back."

Earlier this month, ITV programme boss Kevin Lygo revealed older cast members like Bill could be banned from set once filming resumes.

As well as protecting older cast members, Lygo said actors could be tested for coronavirus when they return to set as part of the network’s raft of measures to get filming again.

However, Maureen Lipman – who plays Evelyn Plummer – insisted Corrie would not neglect its senior characters.

In an interview on the Jewish News podcast, the actress said: “I had a word with the producer last week online and I said: ‘Don’t ditch the oldies because the oldies is what Corrie is all about’.

“They said, ‘Oh no we’ve no intention of doing that’, so I said, ‘Why don’t you just let me and Roy Cropper sit in a garden somewhere and have a conversation about Donald Trump’s hair?’ We could film it in a garden in Hampstead, it could be anywhere.

“I think they’re planning to start again in June but I don’t know when they’ll bring the oldies back.”

The Sun Online have approached Coronation Street for comment. 

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Coronation Street fans launch petition to save Yasmeen from prison for stabbing Geoff – The Sun

CORONATION Street fans have launched a petition to free Yasmeen Nazir from prison for trying to kill abusive husband Geoff Metcalfe.

The chef – who is played by actress Shelley King in the ITV soap – has been charged with attempted murder after she stabbed Geoff in the neck with a broken wine bottle defending herself.

She has been so manipulated and brainwashed by Geoff that she still hasn't been able to tell police about her ordeal at his hands.

And with her locked up for the foreseeable future, fans are desperate to free her – and themselves – from the harrowing storyline.

They have now launched a petition reminiscent of the Free the Weatherfield One campaign that sought to free Deirdre Barlow from prison in the 90s.

The petition, launched on, is called: "Campaign for ITV to provide an appeal to get Coronation Street's Yasmeen Nazir Out on bail".

It reads: "Yasmeen Nazir was abused by her husband – she defended herself and ITV have done nothing to even get her a fair hearing and get her out on bail – The Nation needs to come together to free the Coronation Street one."

The petition has attracted just four signatures so far.

However there's bad news for fans with confirmation from Corrie boss Iain MacLeod that the storyline will last until at least the end of the year.

He told The Sun Online: "The timelines have been shunted due to the lockdown but I think it's fair to imagine that it will be this year.

"What form that comeuppance is is in discussion. We wanted a redemptive ending for Yasmeen obviously and the toughest it's going to get for her is over the next months.

"It's towards the end of the year but the key thing is to impart the right message. For the sake of the people it has impacted we have to tell the right ending with some positivity."

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Coronation Street’s Shona won’t remember David when she returns – but boss promises couple WILL have a happy ending – The Sun

CORONATION Street's boss says Shona won't remember her husband David Platt when she makes her shocking return, but has promised fans they will have a happy ending.

Things took a dark turn when Shona fell victim to a shooting on Christmas Day and suffered brain damage and memory loss as a result.

After waking up from her coma, the Roy's Rolls waitress didn't remember David and asked for a divorce, which he didn't take very well and at one point even tried to sleep with Seb's ex and telesales agent Alina Pop.

But Corrie's showrunner Iain MacLeod warns that while it will be a "bumpy road", all hope is not lost and there is light at the end of the tunnel for the duo.

He said: "It's not love at first sight when she sees him – for his part, David's challenge is to make her fall back in love with him. But she's also a different proposition too so he also has to fall back in love with her. Nobody has a long term desire to split them up so they will have a happy ending."

MacLeod, who has produced the soap since 2018, described the plot as a "a very unique and emotionally complicated story" and added: "At the bottom of it all is a love story really, they're like cheese and crackers – none are good without the other."

The storyline has been an ideal way to explore the complexity of the father-of-two's mindset during this difficult time, as MacLeod described the hairdresser hitting the self-destruct button as "very David."

Asked if there was a possibility of a second wedding for David and Shona, Iain responded: "It's certainly been discussed – that's the most poignant thing about it.

"To Shona the wedding pictures she has been shown are just two strangers dancing in the bistro."

He continued: "What we want to do is ensure that it feels like a love story so we need some kind of warm ending – or a confetti moment for the audience to punch the air with joy."

But while David will have something to look forward to, he is in for more trouble as he pursues trouble on a rough estate with a violent gang – and misses birthday tea with his mother Gail.

The hairdresser managed to escape a mugging without being injured and seems to have developed a taste for danger.

Meanwhile, David actively pursues danger, venturing to the estate where he knows the fights are breaking out between the gangs.

It all kicks off when he leaps on the bonnet of a gang's car, daring them to chase him as he runs off into the distance.

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Coronation Street’s Katie McGlynn shows off natural beauty with no makeup snap – The Sun

CORONATION Street star Katie McGlynn has revealed the British sunshine has forced her freckles to appear as she showed off a no make-up snap on her Instagram.

The former soap star took to Instagram on Monday to joke that her “freckles were coming along nicely” as she kept it casual in a white hooded sweatshirt and her hair in a loose top knot.

In January the actress scooped the Serial Drama Performance gong at the NTAs for her work as Sinead Tinker in the ITV soap.

She joined the soap seven years ago and left in October, when her character lost a long battle with cervical cancer.

Speaking about her next steps, the 26-year-old actress said: “I would try my luck in L.A.

“I’ve had some weird and wonderful meetings. All dependent on timing. I am going to LA to chase my dreams. If it doesn’t happen it doesn’t matter.”

“It is nerve-wracking but it’s exciting,” she added.

“I don’t like not knowing. I would love to play that kind of sassy or evil role, someone like Harley Quinn.”

The 26-year-old shed a whopping one stone after her exit from the soap, admitting she had been left feeling “dowdy and frumpy” during her latter weeks on the ITV soap.

Katie confessed she felt “very down” about her appearance, with her hectic schedule and late working hours not lending themselves well to training and healthy eating.

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Her soap exit left more time for a healthy lifestyle, with a 12-week Ultimate Performance transformation plan helping her lose a stone in little under three months.

Katie, 26, gushed of her healthy transformation: “I am so happy with my overall physical and mental wellbeing after this transformation.

“I’ve lost a dress size, I’ve gained more muscle, I’m getting stronger in the gym. I feel like myself again, finally. I feel like back-to-normal Katie.”

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Coronation Street’s Ian Bartholomew says his kids refuse to watch his scenes as ‘nasty’ Geoff – The Sun

CORONATION Street star Ian Bartholomew has revealed his children can't stand to watch his evil character Geoff Metcalfe on the show.

The actor – who has played abusive Geoff for a year in the ITV soap – told how the coercive control storyline has stopped his children from being able to enjoy his work.

He shares two children, aged 15 and 13 with wife theatre director Loveday Ingram.

"My kids have seen me in loads of other things," he told What's On TV.

"I've done loads of musicals and shows and plays in Manchester, Liverpool and London.

"They started to watch Coronation Street, and when dad started to turn nasty, they said, 'No, can't watch it now, dad' and I quite understand that."

He added: "If they want to watch it, I'll say, 'You can watch this episode because this one's alright, but I don't want you watching that episode, because daddy's not being very nice.'

"They know it's not really dad, but they don't want to see somebody who looks like dad being horrible."

However his children may want to look away next week as the coercive control storyline comes to a head with Yasmeen fighting back and stabbing Geoff in the neck.

The Sun Online exclusively revealed how Yasmeen's ordeal won't end with the stabbing as Geoff will survive – and Yasmeen will find herself being charged with attempted murder.

A source said: "Yasmeen will finally realise what Geoff has been doing to her but her escape spirals out of control.

"There's an explosive incident and Yasmeen has no choice but to do what she does.

"She will be arrested and charged for the attempted murder of Geoff."

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How old is Asha in Coronation Street as she shares sex pictures?

Coronation Street is set to explore the damage of internet porn in a harrowing storyline featuring Asha Alahan (Tanisha Gorey).

The teenager, who already suffers from body confidence issues, previously stripped on camera for Corey, when he appeared to show interest in her.

This week, the teen’s world will come crumbling down after the images are discovered by Kelly Neelan (Millie Gibson) at Amy Barlow’s (Elle Mulvaney) party.

Kelly then goes on to share them, and the incriminating pictures are forwarded across various group chats.

As they start to spread, Asha becomes aware of people staring at her but it’s only when she gets home and sees for herself that pictures of herself have been uploaded online that she realises what has happened.

Her father Dev is, unfortunately, less than understanding, and has a go at the teenager, immediately blaming his daughter for the pictures.

How old is Asha Alahan in Coronation Street?

Asha was born in January 2006, making her 14 years old.

She was born to Sunita (Shobna Gulati) and Dev Alahan (Jimmi Harkishin), and is the twin sister to Aadi.

She is played by 17-year old actress Tanisha Gorey, who has assumed the role since 2009.

The role of Aadi was recently re-cast and Asha’s twin will now be played by Manchester actor Adam Hussain who will first appear in the role on Wednesday 15 April.

Original actor, Zennon Ditchett, played Aadi since 2009 but has now made the decision to leave the show to focus on his A Level Studies.

Coronation Street continues tonight at 7:30pm on ITV

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