THE NATION watched Helen grow-up on the cobbles, and now Helen Flanagan has admitted she would love to return to Coronation Street.
The 30-year-old actress, who is expecting her third baby, joined the soap as Rosie Webster in 2000 when she was just nine and stayed there until 2012.
She returned in 2017 until going off on maternity leave with Delilah the following year.
After Delilah’s birth, Helen decided the commute between Manchester where Corrie is filmed and Glasgow, where the family was based while Scott played for Celtic, was too much.
In the past she’s been vague about whether she intends to go back for a third time, but today she’s pretty emphatic – there’s definitely a sense of unfinished business.
Plus Scott transferred to Preston North End last year, which means they’re conveniently living on the Corrie doorstep once more.
“I would love to go back to Coronation Street, that would be so nice,” she says.
“I miss everyone there and I was so lucky to grow up on that show, because the opportunities it brought me have changed my life so much.
“So, yes, I would love to return and hopefully I will, but first I want to enjoy the newborn stage because it doesn’t last long and you never get it back.”
She’s still very much in touch with her old colleagues, and fans of the show were delighted to see pictures of Helen, Matilda and Delilah enjoying a day out in between lockdowns last autumn with Sally Dynevor, her on-screen mum and real-life mum of Bridgerton star Phoebe.
“I absolutely love Sally. Did you see she got her MBE? She is the nicest person, so lovely and professional.
"She would always help me with my scripts if I wasn’t sure how to play something.
“And Phoebe is in Bridgerton now, which I’m absolutely hooked on – it’s my treat when the kids go to bed. She’s absolutely gorgeous, just like her mum.”
She’s also in regular contact with her screen sister Brooke Vincent, who is due to give birth to her second baby around the same time as Helen.
“Me and Brooke haven’t been able to meet up recently for obvious reasons. But it’s so lovely to be expecting at the same time.
"And I do feel quite positive that things will be different by the spring, especially with the vaccine coming out.”
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