Coronation Street spoilers – Evil Owen Armstrong 'to make EXPLOSIVE return to show'; plus EastEnders & Emmerdale news

CORONATION Street fans are convinced that Owen Armstrong will make explosive return to fight Chesney Brown for custody over Joseph.

Owen, played by Ian Puleston-Davies from 2010 to 2015, was the father of Joseph's mum Katy (Georgia May Foote).

ITV viewers have predicted that the character will reprise his role as he fights for custody of his grandson, as Chesney and step-mum Gemma struggle financially.

Fans were quick to suggest that it won't be long before that character returns.

Read our soaps live blog for the latest news and gossip…

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    Danny Dyer pay cut (continued…)

    A TV insider told The Sun: “When you’re an actor and you’ve played a character for nearly ten years, of course you’re going to want to go off and try new things. But you can’t go off and do two shows at once.

    “The audience figures and high-profile job at EastEnders is great for them, but if you want time off to go away and do other stuff you can’t just up and leave with no notice.

    “No drama gets filmed within six months, so that’s why many big names end up going on a break from the soap.

    “How many times has Jessie Wallace, Shane Richie and Steve McFadden said they’re leaving, but have always come back.

    “Sometimes it’s not a bad thing for the characters if the actor wants some time off, it means they’re rested and ready to return fresh with bigger storylines.”

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    Danny Dyer pay cut

    But savvy Danny is set to earn millions regardless, by signing big money deals as he breaks free of his BBC contract.

    The cockney actor’s first gig after leaving Albert Square will be to work on a new drama for Sky.

    But with more free time on his hands outside of the busy soap filming schedule, Danny has the opportunity to work on multiple projects and multiply his income.

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      Jennifer Metcalfe pledges future to soap 

      During a chat with The Sun, the actress has vowed to remain in Chester as Mercedes McQueen… if her character was to survive recent horrific events.

      Any diehard Hollyoaks fan knows of Mercedes, one of the main members of the McQueen clan.

      Since her first appearance on the Channel 4 soap, in June, 2006, the character has been at the core of many dramatic plotlines.

      And actress Jennifer Metcalfe has promised viewers they will be seeing more of her, stating that she is "very happy" to be a part of Hollyoaks.

      "I take each contract as it comes", Jennifer told The Sun in an exclusive chat.

      "I'm very happy there and we just take each year as it comes."

      Although she has not planned any changes to her routine as of yet, Jennifer insists that she doesn't "look too far ahead."

      "I don't look too far ahead, my life changes quite often which I love."

      Rest assured: once again, Jennifer vows that Hollyoaks fans are stuck with her for a while.

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      Vinny Dingle finds Manpreet Sharma ALIVE

      Wednesday’s episode of the ITV soap left many fearing twisted nurse Meena Jutla had murdered her sister after she was seen dragging her body out of the house in a body bag.

      However, the final moments of yesterday’s episode saw Vinny enter a deserted farm shed and find Manpreet barely alive and shackled up.

      Vinny has been gathering evidence to try and clear Liv’s name after she was charged with Ben’s murder instead of Meena.

      Thursday’s double bill saw Meena’s name keep popping up as he checked out his leads, but during a visit to see Liv in prison she told him it wasn’t anything to go on and to forget about it all.

      Vinny returned home and chucked his research in the bin, but tonight’s episode saw his detective senses spike again when he saw Meena laying into Noah for stealing her ring, which was actually a sick momento from one of her victims.

      Noah then revealed Meena had threatened him, and broke into his house to get the ring back.

      Vinny then spotted Meena driving off, and so he decided to follow her in Sam’s van, which eventually brought him to the shed where Manpreet was being held captive.

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      When did Danny Dyer join EastEnders and why is he leaving?

      In October 2013 the BBC announced Danny would join the popular soap from Christmas 2013.

      He made his debut alongside actress Kellie Bright as Mick and Linda Carter.

      The father-of-three had previously discussed a role on EastEnders in 2009 but decided against it.

      “I quite liked the idea but actually, in reality, I just got cold feet,” he said at the time.

      “Just from having a meeting, it’s all over the newspapers and it gave me the horrors. Imagine if I went in it?”

      Danny took a “short break” from the soap in 2017.

      The actor who plays Mick has decided to leave the East End for good, to pursue other opportunities.

      It is thought that Danny has signed a new contract for a rival drama on Sky in a six-figure deal.

      While that is significantly less than he earns at the BBC, he would be free to pursue opportunities outside the Corporation that could see his income rocket.

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      Helen Flanagan and Brooke Vincent ‘would love’ a Coronation Street return

      In an exclusive chat with Fabulous magazine (which hits newstands tomorrow), the soap veteran hinted that two beloved characters “would love” to return to the show.

      Sally’s on-screen daughters Helen Flanagan and Brooke Vincent – who both starred in the show for over 10 years – are currently concentrating on raising their young children.

      However, that hasn’t stopped them from keeping in touch with their on-screen mum.

      Sally said: “I get messages all the time from Brooke and Helen.

      “It’s so lovely watching them with their children. I just adore them both and I’m super-proud of them because they’re wonderful mums.

      “They’re really happy and that’s all I wished for them.”

      What’s more, Sally says Helen and Brooke may not have permanently left the show.

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      Sarah Jayne Dunn horrified as pics leak online

      The actress, 38, turned her back on the Channel 4 soap to take control of her career and make money from her raunchy content.

      But she's suffered a major blow after images made their way onto forums where they can be widely seen for free.

      A source said: "Sarah Jayne is horrified but not surprised – it's really not ideal as she's only just launched her OnlyFans account."

      Sarah Jayne's rep has been contacted for comment. 

      The actress was sacked from the Channel 4 after signing up to OnlyFans but it was later revealed bosses had no plans to kill off her character Mandy, who she had played for 25 years.

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      Jake Wood is another big character that has recently departed

      Max Branning actor Jake Wood departed in February 2021 after 15 years on the programme.

      He’s one of the big names to leave, but it was actually EastEnders’ decision to give his character a break.

      The 49-year-old first appeared as Max in the BBC soap in 2006.

      Jake said on Instagram: “After 15 years I will be leaving Eastenders at the end of this year.

      “I have loved playing Max Branning who amongst other things in that time has had 4 marriages, 10 affairs, 4 children (2 dying from falling from the roof of The Queen Vic), been buried alive, watched unwanted DVDs at Xmas and perhaps most traumatising of all…shared a hot tub with Ian Beale.

      “I have made some truly great friends whilst on the show and I’ll miss everyone there. I’m grateful they have left the door open for Max and I’m excited to see what new horizons are around the corner.

      “Thank you to everyone who has sent me messages this week, I appreciate the love and support.”

      Alongside the caption, Jake shared a shot of his ripped physique as he posed in a pair of shorts with a moody expression on his face.

      Executive producer Jon Sen previously said in a statement about Jake’s departure: “Jake is a truly wonderful actor and EastEnders have been extremely lucky to have him for so long.

      “We have a big storyline for Max that starts in the coming weeks and we are all very excited to see that play out.”

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      Fans beg for Corrie legend to return

      Fans have begged for Katherine Kelly to return after sharing string on unearthed Becky McDonald photos.

      The actress – who played the feisty barmaid on the ITV soap – shared some behind-the-scene snaps to celebrate 10 years since her exit.

      The lovable loudmouth, who was married to Steve McDonald from 2009 to 2011, was a firm favourite during her six years on the soap – being at the centre of numerous emotional and comical storylines.

      Taking a trip down memory lane, Katherine posted a photo of her character wearing a red off-the-shoulder ball gown while standing at the doorway of Roy Cropper's café, Roy's Rolls.

      In another snap, Katherine could be seen wandering down the cobbled street in another a silver halter-neck number accessorised with silver chains, holding a metallic clutch bag.

      She captioned her Instagram snap: "A decade* ago… she flew away @coronationstreet @itv."

      Viewers were quick to beg the actress to reprise her role, with one writing: "And now she's flying back? 😀"

      Another posted: "11 years already😢and you’ll always be my favourite ever Corrie character nobody will top Becky! So hope she returns one day."

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      Emmerdale spoilers: Jai Sharma faces losing everything

      Afraid of losing everything, the co-owner of The Hop makes a drastic decision in an upcoming Emmerdale episode.

      Desperate, the character played by Chris Bisson makes an application to a loan company in a new Emmerdale episode set to air in January, 2022.

      Jai is crushed to learn that his application is not accepted.

      Could bankruptcy lead Jai to resort to more desperate measures?

      Will Meena finally be exposed as the main culprit for The Hop disaster?

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      Doctor Who fans shocked about Mandip Gill’s soap past

      FANS of cult classic Doctor Who may be surprised to learn that Mandip Gill, who plays Yaz, made her name as a soap star long before she battled the Daleks. 

      Before her time-travelling Doctor Who days, 34, Mandip played a member of the legendary McQueen family in Channel 4’s hit show Hollyoaks. 

      Her character, Phoebe McQueen – who appeared between 2012 and 2015 – was the adopted daughter of The Dog in Pond barmaid Jacqui McQueen. 

      Reflecting on her past life in soapland, Mandip told the Two Shot Podcast: “I made amazing friends, I lived in Liverpool in my own flat. It was a really good job, having a laugh, because it was like being at university but we were getting paid for it, just having a really good time and they offered me a new contract and I was like, ‘I have to be brave now’”. 

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      Emmerdale fans disgusted as Meena Jutla rapes Liam Cavanagh 

      EMMERDALE fans are disgusted after Meena Jutla raped Liam Cavanagh in an attempt to get pregnant.

      The serial killer – who is played by actress Paige Sandhu in the ITV soap – was horrified that casual date Billy Fletcher would end things with her that she lied about being pregnant.

      Viewers know Billy reunited with ex Dawn after saving her from Meena’s sick scheme to have her son kidnapped. 

      In a previous episode he ended things with Meena and she took it very badly.

      Billy told her: “It wasn’t like that between us – we were never that serious.”

      Meena broke down in hysterics, despite the fact they had only been seeing each other for a matter of weeks. 

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      EastEnders statement on Danny Dyer departure

      A spokesperson for the soap said of his departure: “Danny will be leaving EastEnders when his contract comes to an end later this year.

      “Danny has made Mick Carter an iconic character which we shall always be grateful for.

      “However we won’t be saying goodbye just yet as there’s still quite some time – and plenty of explosive drama for Mick – to come before he departs Walford.”

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      EastEnders exodus is ‘speculative nonsense’ says spokeswoman

      The past year has seen the departures of Maisie Smith, who plays Tiffany Butcher, and Adam Woodyatt.

      There are also fears Rose Ayling-Ellis, who plays Frankie Lewis, could quit after winning Strictly.

      During 2021, EastEnders ratings reached a new low, with just 1.7m tuning in for an episode in July.

      An EastEnders spokeswoman said: “To say any cast member is now considering their future on the show due to another cast member leaving is nothing but speculative nonsense.

      “Danny’s decision to leave the show is purely because he wants to try different roles.”

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      The end is nigh for Meena (continued…)

      Meena Jutla actress Paige teased: “Everyone is starting to suss her out. They’re not seeing the mask anymore. I always write in my notes: ‘the viper under the mask’.  I think they’re starting to see who she really is, and so it’s the beginning of the end.”

      Paige also opened up about how much she loves playing the killer nurse.

      “I love her, I think she’s hilarious,” she added. “She’s got so much charisma. She’s so strange! She’s just odd – everything about her. 

      “The things that she says and the way that she says them. But I love that. She’s just weird! It’s so much fun to play such a weird character. 

      “I think going to those dark places can be really fulfilling, but her slightly comedic edge is always fun.  I love her flamboyancy, and I love everything about her. I’ll miss everything to be honest.”

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      Emmerdale star Paige Sandhu hints the end is near for Meena

      EMMERDALE star Paige Sandhu has teased the end is near for serial killer Meena Jutla in the ITV soap.

      The actress has loved playing the evil murderer for the last two years but has now given her biggest hint yet that she is set to exit soon.

      Viewers have watched Meena murder Leanna Cavanagh, Andrea Tate and Ben Tucker in her village reign of terror.

      And this week she plans to kill her own sister Manpreet Sharma, and captive Vinny Dingle.

      However it may be the end for Meena. 

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      When will the next episode of EastEnders be aired?

      Fear not, you don’t have long to wait until the next episode.

      The soap will be catching up with a double feature tomorrow night – Tuesday, January 11 at 7.30pm.

      The two episodes will air back to back, with the first marking the soap’s return to full length, half an hour long episodes after a year of shortened episodes due to pandemic-related filming restrictions.

      The second part of the double feature will, however, only be around twenty minutes in length.

      After that, the soap will then be back to normal, with new half an hour long episodes set to air on both Thursday, 13 January and Friday, 14 January.

      The soap typically airs four nights a week, but it looks like bosses may be considering extending the show’s offerings to five nights a week in an attempt to “stop the slide” of falling viewer numbers.

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      Coronation Street’s Sally Metcalfe to leave in devastating Sophie twist 

      CORONATION Street’s Sally Metcalfe is going to get shock news about her daughter Sophie tonight – and it could pave the way for actress Sally Dynevor’s exit from the soap.

      Actress Sally is taking part in the new series of Dancing on Ice, meaning she could need a break from the soap.

      In tonight’s episode Sally receives a shock phone call from Thailand.

      She is told that daughter Sophie has been involved in an accident and has been rushed to hospital.

      Could Sally rush to her daughter’s side? 

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      Dancing on Ice returns THIS SUNDAY

      Dancing On Ice will return to TV screens on Sunday, ITV has confirmed.

      A new batch of celebrities will make their debut on the rink during the series launch on Sunday January 16 at 6.30pm.

      This year the show features a star-studded line-up that includes Coronation Street actress Sally Dynevor, Love Island’s Liberty Poole and Happy Mondays dancer Bez.

      Rugby star Ben Foden, Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt, pop star Rachel Stevens, professional dancer Brendan Cole and The Vamps’ Connor Ball will also compete.

      The last series, which was won by Capital FM presenter Sonny Jay, took place amid the pandemic and saw a number of celebrities withdraw after being injured or testing positive.

      Strictly Come Dancing professional Oti Mabuse will replace John Barrowman on the judging panel this series, alongside Ashley Banjo, Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

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      Letitia Dean looks unrecognisable in throwback clip

      EastEnders star Letitia Dean looked unrecognisable as her alter-ego Sharon Watts in throwback clip from the BBC soap.

      The actress, 54, has played the gym owner on the show since 1985.

      At 18-years-old, Letitia made her first appearance on the hit programme 36 years ago.

      In the clip, from spin-off show Secrets from the Square, Letitia is seen giggling away with Susan Tully, who played Michelle Fowler.

      Sharon and Michelle were giggling about how unsuccessful Ian Beale and Kelvin Carpenter were with the ladies.

      Read more here.

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      EastEnders fans were shocked by Sharon’s drastic action with brother Zack

      Last month, fans were left in shock after Sharon made a drastic decision about her brother Zack Hudson.

      The businesswoman was left reeling when she discovered he had been responsible for Jada fleeing with baby Alyssa.

      He had warned Jada that Sharon would take her child away from her if she stayed – and so the teen fled with Sharon’s granddaughter with her.

      The truth emerged after Phil and Sharon’s private investigator discovered Jada’s father who spilled the beans – and Sharon couldn’t forgive Zack.

      She savagely kicked him out.

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      Cast fears after Danny Dyer announcement

      They see the loss of such a big star as a sign its fortunes have hit rock bottom, particularly after a run of bad ratings.

      Danny, 44, is leaving the BBC1 show after playing pub landlord Mick Carter for nine years.

      That could see the likes of Kellie Bright, who plays Mick’s wife Linda, and Lacey Turner (Stacey Slater) follow him out.

      An insider said: “The feeling among the EastEnders team is his departure is seen as a very bad omen because he’s such a key part of the cast.

      “Mick is such an integral and well-liked character that his removal will only make the situation deteriorate. And they don’t want to hang around to see things go from bad to worse, particularly if their roles are linked to Danny’s part. But at this stage it’s not clear exactly who’d follow suit and go.”

      The past year has seen the departures of Maisie Smith, who plays Tiffany Butcher, and Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale).

      There are also fears Rose Ayling-Ellis, who plays Frankie Lewis, could quit after winning Strictly.

      Who is the man behind Eastenders Mick Carter?

      Danny Dyer is a 44-year-old actor and soap heartthrob known for making a slew of low-budget gangster movies.

      Born in Canning Town, East London in 1977, Danny – who is an avid West Ham United fan – now lives in Essex.

      Some of his most memorable projects include The Football Factory, The Business and Doghouse.

      Beginning his career at the age of 16, he was discovered by an agent who auditioned him for the part of Martin Fletcher in the Granada Television series Prime Suspect 3 in 1993.

      Since then, other TV jobs have included roles in Cadfael, A Touch of Frost, Loved Up, Thief Takers, Soldier Soldier, Casualty, Hollyoaks Later and Skins – as well as enjoying a hugely successful film career.

      Nowadays though, he’s best-known for playing Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter in EastEnders.

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