Coronation Street spoilers – HUGE cast shake-up as stars leave & characters return; plus EastEnders & Emmerdale news

CORONATION Street will be seeing some big names return to the cobbles.

With some huge storylines lined up for the rest of 2021, there are a number of significant names leaving the show, while others will be returning.

Take Roy Cropper for instance.

While his departure was thought to be permanent, actor David Neilson appears to be ready for a Christmas comeback to the cobbles.

David has been spotted back on the Corrie set and it is claimed that he will return to the show for a "dramatic storyline" in the next few months.

Meanwhile Sophie Webster set off travelling in the summer of 2019 to facilitate actress Brooke Vincent'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.

Read our soaps live blog for the latest news and gossip…

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    Fix row has started up

    Fans were in a rage after Danny Miller was crowned King of the Castle, labelling it a “fix”.

    The soap star went head to head with Coronation Street’s Simon Gregson in tonight’s final, after Frankie Bridge finished in third place earlier in the evening.

    Danny had been one the bookies’ favourite to win I’m A Celeb for most of the season, but that didn’t stop the cynics from labelling the result as “fixed” pointing to the fact the three finalists were all ITV stars as proof.

    Danny shot to fame playing Aaron Dingle in Emmerdale, which he quit shortly before joining I’m A Celeb.

    “Another reality tv fix quits emmerdale goes on I’m a celeb wins I never waste time voting the winner is decided before the program starts like other people have said all along it’s fixed,” wrote one angry fan on Twitter.

    Another added: “Absolute fix. Simon should have won.”

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    Corrie comings and goings (Continued…)

    Harvey Gaskell (Will Mellor) – returned

    Corrie’s evil drug boss Harvey Gaskell made an explosive return from jail after targeting Leanne Battersby.

    Actor Will Mellor, who plays the on-screen, returned to the cobbles on October 22, 2021, during ITV’s action-packed Super Soap Week.

    After escaping from a prison van to seek revenge, Harvey once again terrorised Leanne Battersby, who desperately tried to protect her son Simon from his and his gang, by kidnapping her and making plans to murder her.

    Harvey then wound up falling into a sinkhole, leading Leanne to believe he was dead.

    But the accident didn’t kill Harvey and he shot Natasha (Rachel Leskovac), mistaking her to be Leanne, with the gun Abi Franklin (played by Sally Carman) was hoping to kill Corey Brent with for the death of her son Seb.

    Hiding in Nick’s car after his mistake, Harvey was spotted by Leanne and her partner, as she voluntarily drove the vehicle into a skip.

    Harvey was knocked unconscious by the incident and it was later revealed he had been “apprehended and incarcerated with the help of Roy Cropper.

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    Corrie comings and goings

    Stefan Brent (Paul Opacic) – joined and left

    After appearing in both Emmerdale and Hollyoaks, Paul joined the cast of Coronation Street, making his appearance in the programme on April 26, 2021.

    The actor took on the role of Stefan Brent, the father of bad boy Corey.

    His appearance on the show was short however, as he left the soap on November 5, 2021.

    During his time in Weatherfield, Stefan tried all that he could to keep his son Corey from prison after Seb Franklin and Nina Lucas’ assault and the former’s subsequent death.

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    Danny Miller’s emotional reunion after IAC triumph

    Newly-crowned I’m A Celebrity winner Danny Miller became emotional as he was reunited on screen with his fiancee Steph Jones and baby son Albert.

    The Emmerdale actor, 30, was crowned the king of the castle in Sunday night’s final episode of the ITV programme, after braving some 20 days in Gwrych Castle near Abergele in North Wales, where the programme was filmed for a second year.

    He triumphed over Coronation Street’s Simon Gregson, who took second place, and Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge, who came in third.

    Jones and Albert, who is seven weeks old, appeared on ITV’s Lorraine virtually with Miller, who became tearful on seeing them on screen.

    He said: “Darling, I love you so much.”

    Jones said: “We’ve missed you so much darling, we just want you to come home now.”

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    Explained: Who is Danny Miller?

    Emmerdale actor Danny Miller has been crowned king of the castle in I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.

    The soap star, 30, triumphed over Coronation Street’s Simon Gregson, who took second place, and Saturdays singer Frankie Bridge, who took third, during the final at Gwrych Castle near Abergele in North Wales.

    Miller started his career in children’s drama series Grange Hill in 2007 but is best known for playing fan favourite Aaron Dingle in the long-running ITV soap Emmerdale.

    He has featured on and off for the past 13 years, and has picked up numerous awards for the role, including three British Soap Awards for best actor in 2011, 2012 and 2016.

    Miller has also received four National Television Award nominations for serial drama performance over the years.

    As Dingle, he has been involved in some of Emmerdale’s most headline-grabbing storylines, such as coming to terms with his sexuality as a gay man, a suicide attempt and self-harm.

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    I’m A Celeb in ‘fix’ row

    The show is embroiled in a fresh fix row after furious fans noticed the striking thing that all three finalists have in common.

    David Ginola narrowly missed out on a spot in tonight’s grand finale when he was voted out in yesterday’s show.

    This leaves Frankie Bridge, Simon Gregson, and Danny Miller to fight it out to be named Queen or King of the Castle.

    And it didn’t take long for cynical viewers to notice that all three campers are ITV stars.

    Danny shot to fame playing Aaron Dingle in Emmerdale, which he quit shortly before joining I’m A Celeb.

    Meanwhile, Simon is soap royalty having played Steve McDonald in Coronation Street since 1989.

    Finally, Frankie is a Loose Woman – with her ITV co-workers previously revealing the secret signal she makes during the reality show’s live segments to let them know she’s thinking of them.

    Taking to social media after Ginola was booted out last night, one angry fan wrote: “I’m a celebrity most definitely fixed! Final 3 all from ITV shows! ITV have already picked their winner…”

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