Coronation Street cast: New, leaving and returning characters

SOAP legend Paul Opacic is the latest actor set to join the cast of Coronation Street as thug Corey Brent’s rich businessman father. 

With some huge storylines lined up for the rest of 2021, here’s everything you need to know about the ITV soap’s latest comings and goings…

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Stefan Brent (Paul Opacic) – joining

Coronation Street bosses have cast former Emmerdale and Hollyoaks star Paul Opacic as their latest villain.

Paul, who is best known for playing Kim Tate’s husband Steve Marchant in Emmerdale from 1993 to 1999, will make his debut on Corrie later this month (April 2021) as troublemaker Corey Brent’s rich businessman father. 

Stefan will lock horns with Dev Alahan as abusive Corey convinces his ex Asha Alahan to give him another chance and move in with him.

Dev will declare war on the flash businessman when he buys Nick and Leanne’s apartment for the young lovebirds to live in. 

"Stefan is going to cause chaos on the cobbles this year and give Dev major headaches,” a source told The Sun.

"If viewers think Corey is bad, wait to see what kind of monster created him."

Sharon Gaskell (Tracie Bennett) – returning

Coronation Street bosses have confirmed that Sharon Bentley will be making a shocking comeback after 22 years away from the cobbles.

Actress Tracie Bennett will be reprising her role as Rita Tanner’s former foster daughter in an exciting new storyline.

Spoilers have revealed that Sharon will appear with a sob story later this month (April 2021) and apologise to Rita for her antics in the past. 

But she will quickly lock horns with Rita's other foster daughter Jenny, who worries Sharon will only hurt Rita again.

Corrie boss Ian MacLeod has hinted that Sharon will indeed turn out to be dangerous as she embroils Rita in a deadly plot.

Speaking about Sharon's return, Ian explained: “It’s extremely exciting to see someone of Tracie’s calibre revisit a role so rich in history and with such complicated psychology.

“Sharon returns across some badly burned bridges to reconnect with Rita – but very quickly her presence becomes destabilising and extremely dangerous, in ways that I hope the viewers won’t see coming.

“The big question is: what has her life become since she was last on the Street?

“The answer to that question will drive a massive story for us, which runs into the summer and beyond,” he added.

Speaking about her return, actress Tracie said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to the cobbles. It is a dream come true for me.

“I had such an amazing time there and I am looking forward to working with Barbara again and getting my teeth into the storylines they have planned for Sharon.

“I was first approached about coming back about 18 months ago, I was keen and excited to see what was in store but my work schedule and then the pandemic has meant that it has taken until now for it all to come together.

“I am so pleased that I can finally tell everyone as it has been hard trying to keep the secret,” the actress explained.

Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) – returning

Sophie set off travelling in the summer of 2019 to facilitate actress Brooke’s real-life maternity leave. 

After welcoming her baby boy into the world in October 2019, Brooke is expected to return to the cobbles one day but there’s no official word yet.

Brooke’s on-screen mother Sally Dynevor recently revealed she would love to see Brooke return as Sophie and Helen Flanagan as Rosie, who is also taking some time off with her children.

"There was a point where Brooke came over with Mexx and Helen came over with her two little girls and we had lunch together," Sally recently told Inside Soap.

She added: "I said to them, 'I can't believe you're in my house with your children when I've known you since you were babies!' Every time I speak to Helen and Brooke I say, 'have you told Corrie you would like to come back yet?'

In March 2020, it was revealed that Coronation Street bosses had given Brooke “as long as she needs” to decide whether or not she wants to return to the cobbles.

Following Sophie’s departure in 2019, her on and off girlfriend Paul Cunliffe had a shock affair with Tracy Barlow, who’s married to Steve McDonald.

Dylan Wilson (Liam McCheyne) – returning

Sean’s son Dylan returned to the cobbles for a guest stint in late 2020.

He later appeared on the cobbles again when he broke the news to his dad Sean that he was being bullied in school. 

Antony Cotton – who plays Sean in the ITV soap – recently told the media that Dylan would soon be returning to Weatherfield on a permanent basis. 

He said: "He's going to come back full-time. We'll see it in stages, as Sean gets used to Dylan being around.

"I can't wait for it, as it gives me a totally different dynamic. I'm hoping we're going to become a little duo and it is completely unique."

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