She is one of the show’s most beloved characters, so it’s perhaps not surprising that Coronation Street fans are excited by the prospect of Eileen Derbyshire making a welcome return to Weatherfield, later this year.

The veteran performer, who plays Emily Bishop in the ITV show, is reportedly name-checked on a leaked list of talent booked to return, this autumn. According to the Daily Star, she’ll revive her role after enjoying a brief sabbatical from the Manchester-based series.

A source told the newspaper: “She’s on a break and the door is open. There hasn’t been any contact from Eileen saying she intends to leave.” It also coincides with plans for the long-running programme to air six episodes a week.

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