Jennie McAlpine, who plays Fiz Brown on Coronation Street, said a temporary goodbye to the soap at the end of last year, but is due to reappear in Weatherfield tonight (30 August).
Viewers can expect a dramatic return, as she is welcomed back by her on-screen husband Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall) – but not everyone is happy about Fiz coming back including his grandmother, Evelyn Plummer (Maureen Lipman), who has never warmed to Fiz.
There is also trouble brewing in paradise, with teaching assistant Jade (Lottie Henshall) set to throw a spanner in the works of Fiz and Tyrone’s reunion.
But why did Fiz leave to begin with?
Where has Fiz been in Coronation Street and is Jennie McAlpine back for good?
In April, 2018, Jennie McAlpine, 33, announced that she was pregnant with her second child.
Soon after, the actress went on maternity leave to spend time with her baby girl, Hilda, who was born in October that same year.
Naturally, this meant that the character she has played for 17 years would also need to take a little break.
As the story goes, Fiz left Weatherfield in order to look after her daughter Hope (Isabella Flanagan) – and because of rising tensions with Evelyn.
Jennie is now ready to reprise her role, although she was hesitant about coming back at first, for fear that she wouldn’t remember her lines.
‘I’ve been so scared to learn my lines,’ she told Loose Women last month.
‘That was the biggest thing, because I just thought…I was so so scared.
‘We have a little WhatsApp group that I was still allowed to be involved with at Corrie while I was off, I was just messaging everyone going, “I’m really, really scared. I don’t think I’ll be able to learn my lines.”
‘It was just not being able to remember my lines. But actually it was just like riding a bike and I just did it. They kind of do that to you at Corrie, I think they’re just cruel to be kind, they threw me right in. Day one. In the Bistro, all day.’
So, is she back for good?
It looks like and we’ve not heard any rumours to say otherwise, but you never know what will happen.
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