Coronation Street viewers will see Norris Cole (played by Malcolm Hebden) return to the ITV soap next week and ask Mary Taylor (Patti Clare) for a divorce.
Norris has been absent from the cobbles for the past 18 months after the actor suffered a heart attack but he will be returning to drop a huge bombshell on his wife, Mary.
The Weatherfield icon won’t be returning to the Street on his own and instead he will be joined by his new fiance Freda Burgess (Ali Briggs).
When Norris returns to discuss his divorce with Mary, she quickly becomes suspicious over his relationship with his new fiancé.
In an interview with ITV Patti revealed: “She can’t quite believe it, she is in shock. She just thinks that something else is going on that she doesn’t know anything about, but she wants to get to the bottom of it.
“She feels that Freda has a weird hold over Norris. She can’t understand why Norris would want to be with Freda.
“It’s not so much about Norris not wanting to be with Mary, because their marriage wasn’t a true marriage, but on good days Mary likes to remind Norris that their marriage was a celebration of their friendship and it might not have been a conventional marriage but it was more a celebration of that.”
Last week, Freda returned to the soap to reveal to Mary that Norris has agreed to a divorce and Mary was’t happy that her husband wasn’t the one to tell her.
She continued: “She is more hurt that Norris hasn’t talked to her about it, not so much that he has asked for it. But that is her pride.
“She actually wanted to have a divorce and when it turns out he is getting married anyway, she just wanted the last say.”
When asked what she likes most about playing Mary, she confessed: “The fact that she can be so rude in a way and without boundaries, because I really enjoy how she has no fear with men.
“For example, she completely misinterprets Jan but she has no fear and came on to him quite strong in the Rovers – I love doing things like that because it’s really good fun.”
Norris’ return will only be temporary as the Weatherfield icon will make another exit shortly before hopefully returning to the soap full-time in the future.
Speaking about working with the actor, Mary said: “It’s really wonderful and we are really good friends in real life.
“As Malcolm has pointed out, to do comedy with someone constantly you have to really get on with them for it to work and it is just so easy with Malcolm. It’s great to have him filming again.”
Meanwhile, fans could see the return of fan favourite Rosie Webster (Helen Flanagan) following seven high profile departures from the show.
Connie Hyde, Kym Marsh, Tristan Gemmill, Faye Brookes, Bhavna Limbachia and Lucy Fallon have all announced their exit and The Sun has reported that Kate McGlynn is leaving too.
Helen is currently on maternity leave after the birth of her second baby with Celtic football star Scott Sinclair.
Speaking to The Mirror, she said: “With Scott’s job we’re settled in Glasgow at the moment but I’d love to go back to Coronation Street.
“It’s just a matter of when and how I work it. We all share parenting tips in the green room at Corrie. It’s such a family atmosphere.”
Coronation Street continues Monday at 7.30pm on ITV.
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