The UK may be a fair way ahead of us, but that doesn't mean we
can't keep up to date with the latest Coro goss!
Read below to find out the latest news...
*Warning: Contains spoilers!*
Kate Ford signs up for more
Kate Ford, who plays Tracey Barlow, is set to remain in Weatherfield until at least 2013 after signing a new contract with the primetime show. Coronation Street's official website released this statement from a spokesperson: "We're thrilled Kate is staying with the show. Tracy is a great character and gives us scope for some exciting storylines over the next year."
Sue Cleaver collapses on set
Sue Cleaver, who plays Eileen Grimshaw, was rushed to hospital after the actress collapsed on set. The 46-year-old was attended by on-set medics before an ambulance was called, The Sun reports. Staff described Cleaver as looking unwell on Wednesday morning shortly before taking a turn for the worse. The incident is believed to have been related to Cleaver's diabetes.
Game show host eyes Corrie role
Former model turned game show host Vernon Kay says he would love a role on Coronation Street and has even approached producers.Digital Spy reports that Kay, who hosts ITV's Family Fortunes show, wants to make the move from game shows to the soap. "I'd love to be a shop assistant in Dev's shop or a barman, or the cleaner in the pub," he said.And the feeling appears to be mutual. Kay went on to say that he has spoken the Corrie team and a character has been "lined-up".Watch this space.
Michelle Keegan signs on
Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre) has signed a "six-figure contract" to stay on the Street for at least another year, The List reports. The pay deal comes just months after the 24-year-old got engaged to The Wanted hunk Max George. A source says that Keegan is over-the-moon with the deal and has said 2011 has already been the best year of her life.
Katherine Kelly's Royal Wedding weekend
Katherine Kelly, who plays the less than regal Becky McDonald, rubbed shoulders with Royalty over the weekend when she attended the wedding of Zara Phillips and Mike Tindal. The Queen's granddaughter and the captain of the England rugby team tied the knot in a low-key ceremony in Edinburgh. Katherine, a school friend of Mike, looked far from her one-screen self in a demure peach one-shoulder James Steward dress teamed with an orange sunhat and matching handbag.
Brooke loves the on-screen arguments
Brooke Vincent (who plays Sophie) has admitted that she really looks forward to the arguments with her on-screen sister Rosie (played by Helen Flanagan). Helen has recently taken a three-month break from Coro in the UK, but is due back soon, and Brooke can't wait for her return! Brooke told Inside Soap: "I love all the scenes Helen and I do together where Rosie and Sophie are being really sarcastic with each other. We know our characters very well now, so for Rosie and Sophie to have a big old slanging match in the middle of a scene is really good fun."
Shobna Gulati quits Twitter after racist tweets
It appears a string of racist and abusive messages have seemingly forced Coronation Street actress Shobna Gulati (who plays Sunita) to quit social networking site Twitter. Gulati, an until now avid tweeter, has apparently received abusive messages from some of her 18,000 plus followers over the space of the last few weeks. Gulati recently tweeted, "Hey twitter what's the story eh? We report racial abuse? And you allow them back? I want no part of this." A final tweet at the end of last week noted: "Thanks for the banter I've enjoyed my time on twitter. Over and out".
Graeme Hawley has his eyes on a spin-off show
The 37-year-old actor whose reign as John Stape is due to come to an end in the UK next month thinks his character's time in Weatherfield has been so eventful that he should be given a spin-off show all of his own. He said: "I'd suggest John runs away to Italy and starts a new life over there. He's a very popular character. Maybe ITV would like to follow him to see what disasters befall him!"
Which Eastenders star is set to join Coro?
Ex-Eastenders star Michelle Collins has landed the role of Rovers Return landlady on Coronation Street. Michelle, who played Cindy Beale on Eastenders, begins filming on Coro next month.
Kym Marsh has her baby!
Kym Marsh (who plays Michelle) has given birth to a baby girl named Polly. Congrats!
Keith Duffy discusses Coro return
Keith Duffy has confirmed that he expects to return to filming om Coronation Street in September. The actor recently took a break from his role as Ciaran McCarthy in order to tour with Boyzone. On screen, viewers saw Ciaran leave Weatherfield after landing a job on a cruise.
Kym Marsh says Coro bosses have been 'fantastic'
Kym Marsh, who plays Michelle Connor on Coronation Street, is expecting a baby girl in April and left the soap as she's experiencing a difficult pregnancy. The decision to allow her to leave the soap early comes after her baby son Archie died in 2009, after being born 18 weeks premature. Kym has been on modified bed rest due to complications in the pregnancy but says that the show's producers have been 'incredibly understanding' and the cast have been 'hugely supportive'. She says that Julie Hesmondhalgh, Antony Cotton, Ali King and Bev Callard have been in constant contact.
English company builds replica of Ken and Deirdre's house
One of the best-known soap opera homes is being recreated by a company in Wellingborough. Tingdene Homes has built a replica of Ken and Deirdre's home on Coronation Street. Sophie Wyatt, the production designer, spent months researching and sourcing items. She said: "It's been difficult to match items perfectly but things like the green tiles in the kitchen have really brought it all together."
Which fellow Coro actor's brother is Brooke Vincent dating?
Brooke Vincent (who plays Sophie Webster) has found love with a handsome young man - who also happens to be her co-star's younger brother.
Brooke is dating Scott Thomas, the brother of Ryan Thomas (who plays Jason Grimshaw).
Which actress is petrified she's going to lose her
According to nz.lifestyle.yahoo.com, pregnant Coronation Street star Kym Marsh is petrified she may lose another newborn child. The actress lost her son, Archie, just seconds after he was born 18 weeks premature in 2009, and suffered massive emotional scarring as a result. Now she's frightened her unborn baby with fiance Jamie Lomas may suffer the same fate. The mum-of-two has taken a five-month hiatus from Coro to keep her stress levels down. But a nasty message of Twitter recently, brought up all the old feelings of hurt again: '[H]ey kym i heard rumors u lost the baby,' the message read. 'Probably the sickest tweet I've ever seen,' Kym responded, adding, 'How could you write that?' An agonising wait lies ahead as Kym hopes for a healthy child.
Who's returning to Coro after a 43-year absence?
Ken Barlow has a surprise in store shortly, with his old pal Dennis Tanner making a comeback, according to www.musicrooms.net. Ken's mate Dennis was Elsie Tanner's wayward son who appeared alongside Ken in the very first episode and was last on the show way back in 1968. Dennis was played by Philip Lowrie and the actor is set to revive the role in March. So has former jailbird Dennis acquired some wisdom with age or is he still up to his old tricks?
Who keeps having to deny they're leaving the show?
Actress Katherine Kelly has insisted that she is "happy for now" at Coronation Street, saying that she isn't planning to leave the show. Recent reports suggested that the actress, who plays Becky McDonald in the show, was planning to quit the soap.
Speaking to TVNZ, Kelly said, when asked if she was planning a
return to theatre: "Oh no, I'm really happy at Coronation Street
right now. I'm definitely happy for now. I know there's a lot of
rumours surrounding me going, but that's been for the past two
years, so just ignore them for now."
Michelle caught in compromising position!
Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan (who plays Tina) has been busted getting frisky in a lift in a Manchester hotel with her boyfriend, who is The Wanted musician Max George. Some other hotel guests were getting out of one lift, when the one beside it opened and Michelle and Max were inside, getting a bit "overly friendly" with each other. Naughty naughty!
The tram crash has happened!
The MASSIVE storyline involving a tram crash on The Street has now screened in the UK. Click here if you'd like to read a review of the episode...but it contains BIG spoilers!!
Helen's a golden girl
Coronation Street's Helen Flanagan (who plays Rosie) has posed in nothing but gold paint, to celebrate Coronation Street's 50th anniversary! Click here to see the photo.
Coro to do a live episode
The Coronation Street cast are all very excited to be doing an upcoming live episode. Debbie Rush, who plays Anna Windass, said "Everybody's dead excited about going live again - it's not often in your career that you get the chance to do television like this," she told Inside Soap magazine. "Some of the cast who have been here for a while did it all before 10 years ago, so we've been getting tips from them. And of course, the Street used to be live every week when it first started."
Barbara Knox and Eileen Derbyshire receive MBEs from the Queen
Veteran Coro stars Barbara Knox and Eileen Derbyshire yesterday received MBEs from the Queen, who is a big fan of the 50-year-old soap. Barbara, 77, who plays Rita Sullivan, made her first appearance in 1964, while Eileen, 79, who stars as Emily Bishop, has been on the show since 1961. The two veterans of the Street admitted they had been so nervous they could not remember much of what the Queen said to them as she gave them their awards!
Kym Marsh is pregnant!
Kym Marsh is expecting a baby with fiance Jamie Lomas. Kym, 34, who plays barmaid Michelle Connor in the soap, is said to be "absolutely overjoyed" after a 12-week scan confirmed the news. The pregnancy comes less than two years since the couple's first son, Archie, died moments after being born 18-weeks premature.
Helen Flanagan scared of being attacked
Helen Flanagan fears she could be attacked because her Coronation Street character, Rosie Webster, is so hated. The 20-year-old actress - who has portrayed Rosie since 2000 - is often confronted by girls who shout at her and call her a "b***h" in the street, and will now only go out with friends or her footballer boyfriend Scott Sinclair. However, the actress is adamant she is nothing like her saucy character, and calls herself a "geek".
Debbie drops the extra weight
Coronation Street star Debbie Rush has dropped three dress sizes in just two months, after crying over an unflattering picture of herself.
The 44-year-old actress, who plays Anna Windass on the show, admits it was a photograph of herself at her heaviest, wearing a bra and skirt in a clothing store fitting room, which prompted her to radically change her diet and exercise regime. Last week Debbie showed off her trim new figure at the Inside Soap Awards, after slimming down from a size 16 to a size 10.
Beverley's on the lookout for the perfect wedding
Beverley Callard has revealed she tries not to dress like her Coronation Street alter-ego Liz McDonald. She's on the lookout for the perfect wedding dress before she ties the knot to her partner Jon McEwan, and wants to make sure she doesn't look anything like the feisty Liz on her wedding day. "I'm trying to be age-appropriate - nothing like Liz. She's certainly taught me how not to do it! I've got to make sure there is not a hint of mutton about whichever dress I choose," she told OK Magazine.
Michelle splits with model boyfriend
Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan (who plays Tina on Coro) is said to have split from boyfriend Brad Howard, who is male model, club promoter and aspiring actor. Michelle, 23, is believed to have called time on their two-year relationship at the weekend after a series of furious rows.
Coro theme park?
Coronation Street is set to be turned into a theme park-style tourist attraction! ITV is reportedly planning to move the set to a new site where it will be cheaper to film. But instead of getting rid of the existing buildings, Coro bosses want to open the area to fans. They would be able to stroll down the famous cobbles, enjoy a pint and one of Betty's hot-pots at the Rovers Return, buy a souvenir from shops such as Rita's Kabin and be filmed in their own Coro scene.
Patti refused to give up her dream
After multiple knockbacks from Coronation Street's casting director, most struggling actors would probably take the hint and give up their dream of appearing on Coro. But Patti Clare was far from put off by a string of rejection letters. She even wrote her own scene set in the Rover's Return, involving a new character played by her, and fired it off to producers. They promptly rejected her again, in even stronger terms. Eventually though, it did happen. She was working as an office receptionist when the job offer came through in 2008. Patti joined as oddball Mary, who immediately developed a huge unrequited crush on Norris Cole. She was initially only meant to stay for five episodes, but viewers loved her one-liners so the bosses offered her a long-term contract.
Simon's busted nose
Simon Gregson has had his nose broken by a teenager in a nightclub row. The actor, who plays cab firm boss Steve McDonald, was beaten up in an argument about a seat, a court heard.
Rovers Return getting a rival?
Rumours are rife that Coronation Street is to have a new wine bar to rival the Rovers Return. The drinking spot will apparently be owned by Nick Tilsley (Ben Price). Nick is to use the money he makes from selling his share of the underwear factory to launch the venture. He will open the bar in the old joinery, according to the UK's 'The Sun'. A source said: "The Joinery will really give the Rovers Return cause to worry."
Tricky Dicky is coming back...but not as you know him
Coronation Street bosses have brought back actor Brian Capron - to play Richard Hillman's brother for a Christmas spin-off DVD. Fans last saw evil Hillman plunge to his death in a Weatherfield canal back in 2003. Almost 20 million watched him drive into the canal in a failed attempt to kill the Platt family, whom he tied up in the car. A Coronation Street source said: "Capron back from the dead will shock millions of fans. He's back playing his brother and, with his distinctive looks, he must be a twin."
Former Coro star gravely ill
Former Coronation Street star Geoffrey Hughes is said to be gravely ill following a relapse in his battle against cancer, says a report. The 66-year-old actor, who played Eddie Yates in on the show in the 1970s and 80s, was taken into hospital last Friday and is said to be undergoing heavy radiotherapy.
Vicky Entwistle quits!
Vicky Entwistle has stormed out of Weatherfield after a series of rows with producers. The actress, who has played Janice Battersby for 14 years, is understood to have had disagreements with new producer Phil Collinson over her character and future storylines, according to The Mirror in the UK. Vicky is understood to have finally decided on Friday that it was time to quit and is set to leave the show in December. Her character may be one that gets killed in the tram crash.
Vicky Entwistle's husband denies hitting fan
The husband of Coronation Street star Vicky Entwistle, who plays Janice Battersby, has denied hitting a man who asked to take her photo. Andrew Chapman, 47, who is accused of attacking the fan on a train, pleaded not guilty to assault yesterday. Vicky wasn't in court but is expected to give evidence in her husband's defence at a trial in October.
No-one is safe
Coro bosses have told the cast that no-one's character is safe from potential death in the upcoming tram-crash storyline in December (in the UK). The actors were given the bombshell news at a meeting on set - and now say they feel like they are performing with an axe hanging over their heads. The horrific death drama, with a tram crashing from the viaduct at the end of the cobble-stoned street to the road below, is to mark the show's 50th anniversary in December. And none of the cast will know who dies in the Christmas bloodbath until hours before the episode is aired.
Which ex-Coro star has signed up for Strictly Come Dancing?
Tina O'Brien, the popular 26-year-old actress who played Coronation Street's Sarah-Louise Platt for eight years, has agreed to sign for Strictly Come Dancing, the UK's version of Dancing With The Stars. Tina's aiming to kick-start her career again after having a daughter in 2008.
Frisky the Coronation Street Cat's ashes fetch six times the expected price at auction
The ashes of the Coronation Street cat, Frisky, who died 10 years ago, have been sold at auction for almost six times the expected price. Furious bidding by soap fans meant the wooden casket carrying the cat's remains fetched 844 Pounds at an auction in Gloucestershire. It had been expected the ashes would go found around 150 Pounds. The auction included postcards of Frisky with various Coronation Street actors.
Coro star attacked in pub
Graeme Hawley has revealed that he was attacked by a crazed Coronation Street fan who didn't like his character (John Stape). The thug confronted the actor in a pub in Manchester recently and even put him in a headlock. Fortunately, fellow customers at the bar were able to come to the 36-year-old's rescue.
Coro stars told to stop tweeting
According to The Mirror in the UK, Coronation Street stars have been ordered to stop using Twitter by their bosses, for fear of them giving away important upcoming storylines. At least eight Coro stars use Twitter, including Shobna Gulati (Sunita Alahan), and Antony Cotton (Sean Tully). It is believed producers of the show blame a tweet for a leak about the tram disaster due to be screened in December in the UK as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations. A two-page letter to the cast says: "We realise that many of you use social media and networking sites and may wish to comment on your working lives - but we would prefer it if you didn't...Please consider the set a mobile- and tweet-free zone."
Would you buy the Coro cat's ashes?
The cremated remains of Frisky the Coronation Street cat, renowned for appearing on the show's opening credits for more than 10 years, are up for auction next week at Dominic Winter Auctioneers in the UK. Frisky was hired by the soap in 1990 after beating off stiff competition from 5000 other cats to become the show's star, and went on to earn thousands of pounds for charity by making numerous personal appearances. He died in 2000.
Rio Ferdinand wants to join Snoop Dogg on Coro
Footballer Rio Ferdinand has expressed his desire to join rapper Snoop Dogg on Coronation Street as part of the soap's 50th anniversary celebrations. Ferdinand told 'The Sun' that, "I wouldn't mind getting hold of that David Platt. He's too naughty. I would come in and be the hard taskmaster and tell him to leave Tina alone. Then hopefully he would stop picking on people."
William Roache's son to play Ken Barlow in new UK Coro drama
Fifty years ago he appeared as young student Ken Barlow on the first episode of Coronation Street and is still one its biggest stars. Now, William Roache's son James is to play his father in a new BBC drama, which tells the story of how the soap was born.
Snoop Dogg to guest-star on Coro?
According to BBC.com, Snoop Dogg is a big fan of Coronation Street and told fans during a visit to Manchester, ahead a concert at the city's Apollo, that he had asked his agent to negotiate him a role on the show!
Coronation Street tram crash to kill off some major characters!
Coronation Street celebrates its 50th birthday in December in the UK, but some of the soap's most popular characters won't be around for its 51st bash. According to multiple sources, several characters are going to die in a devastating tram accident. It has not yet been revealed which ones will be killed off.
Antony Cotton receives death threat
Coro star Antony Cotton (who plays Sean Tully) has revealed he has received a death threat from a fan. The actor spoke out after someone posted a message on the internet calling for him to be gunned down. Apparently Antony was alarmed at the threat but is trying to laugh it off rather than worry about. His work on the show will continue as normal.
Kym Marsh to write autobiography
Coronation Street star Kym Marsh is to begin penning the story of her life. The mother of two, who shot to fame when she was picked to join the band Hear'Say and now plays barmaid Michelle Connor, wrote in a UK magazine column: "I'm going to start writing my autobiography this week. I'm very excited - and a bit scared - by the prospect!" Kym hopes the book will be "both funny and sad at the same time".