Coronation Street confirms older cast members will finally return in the autumn after major lockdown hiatus

CORONATION Street's more senior stars will finally be back on the cobbles after the coronavirus lockdown kept them off set.

Corrie's producers confirmed the older actors will be coming back to filming in the autumn, even though other cast members have been back at work since June.

Stars such as Bill Roache (Ken Barlow), 88, Malcolm Hebden (Norris Cole), 80, Sue Nicholls (Audrey Roberts), 76 and Barbara Knox (Rita Tanner), will be coming back very soon to reprise their roles on the ITV soap.

But any other Corrie cast or crew with pre-existing conditions or deemed "vulnerable" will have to stay away a little bit longer for their own safety.

All vulnerable Corrie staff have been given an individual risk assessment to determine if and when they can go back to work, according to Digital Spy.

Production resumed in June after the coronavirus pandemic forced a nationwide lockdown.

Since June, filming has reflected new safety guidelines including social distancing and assigning "fixed cohorts" of staff who work together in their units.

It would put an end to romantic moments and physical fights, with the characters prevented from getting too near to one another in any given scene.

Everyone involved in Corrie also has the temperature regularly checked and are required to sanitise their hands often.

The return of the older cast comes after The Sun Online exclusively revealed Maureen Lipman (Evelyn Plummer), 74 and David Neilson (Roy Cropper), 71, had already gone back to work.

David, 71, who has played Roy since 1995, was back on set yesterday while Maureen Lipman, 74, also made her comeback.

Neither David or Maureen's characters were written out of the soap, with them instead just being off-screen or upstairs.

Meanwhile 88-year-old Bill Roache is eagerly awaiting a call to say he can go back to the cobbles.

Bill has starred on Coronation Street as Ken Barlow for 40 years.

He's set his sights on becoming the first 100-year-old still working on a soap.

But for the past five months he's been staying home with his grown up children Will and Verity.

Describing lockdown life, Bill said: "I have been very fortunate. I understand it has been very difficult for many people, but I have my two children who are normally in London.

"We've been living together and getting on very well. We have a cinema in the evening where we'll watch a comedy show like The Vicar of Dibley and then an old feature film. The in the day we'll do our own thing.

"I've been drawing and writing a story which I'm really enjoying."

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