• Sun. Aug 14th, 2022

A blast from the past!

Mar 10, 2021

Rita will give Sharon another chance (Picture: ITV)
Tracie Bennett is returning to Coronation Street after 22 years to play Rita Tanners (Barbara Knox) foster daughter Sharon Bentley.
The actress is reprising her role after Iain MacLeod teased afamiliar face would return to Ritas life as part of Leanne Battersbys (Jane Danson) ongoing drug storyline.
Sharon Bentley was last seen on the cobbles in 1999, and no one is more surprised to see her than Rita, especially as the pair fell out over Sharons attempt to sell the Kabin after it was gifted to her.
Jenny Connor is also less than impressed with the prodigal foster daughters return and Ritas decision to give Sharon another chance.
What has brought Sharon back to a place where she has more enemies than friends, and will Rita live to regret letting her back in?
Sharon is back on her old stomping ground but she brings trouble with her (Picture: ITV)
On her return to Coronation Street 22 years after leaving, and 39 years since she first arrived as troubled teenager Sharon, Tracie said: I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to the cobbles. It is a dream come true for me, I had such an amazing time there and I am looking forward to working with Barbara again and getting my teeth into the storylines they have planned for Sharon.
I was first approached about coming back about 18 months ago, I was keen and excited to see what was in store but my work schedule and then the pandemic has meant that it has taken till now for it all to come together. I am so pleased that I can finally tell everyone as it has been hard trying to keep the secret.
Producer Iain MacLeod said: Its extremely exciting to see someone of Tracies calibre revisit a role so rich in history and with such a complicated psychology. Sharon returns across some badly burned bridges to reconnect with Rita but very quickly her presence becomes destabilising and extremely dangerous, in ways that I hope the viewers wont see coming.
The big question is: what has her life become since she was last on the Street? The answer to that question will drive a massive story for us, which runs into the summer and beyond.
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