‘They’ve had a tough time’: Coronation Street to ‘save fan favourites from being axed with lucrative new contracts’ as they hope to provide ‘job security amid turbulent times’
Coronation Street executives have reportedly confirmed they are saving some of the show’s biggest stars from being axed with new deals, as a way to say ‘thank you’ for their commitment throughout the pandemic.
Bosses of the iconic ITV soap admitted that their staple performers have had a ‘tough time’ after the entertainment industry was thrown into crisis in 2020, and they hope to give them a well-needed ‘mood boost’ through job security.
According to The Daily Star, their actors are expected to ink lucrative new contracts in the coming months, with some stars having already signed on the dotted line.
‘They’ve had a tough time’: Coronation Street executives have reportedly confirmed they are saving fan favourites from being axed with lucrative new contracts’ in hopes of creating job security amid the pandemic
The move will also ensure the loyalty of Corrie’s most celebrated stars, as they form the backbone of the show.
The publication reported that the famous faces who will remain in Weatherfield include Samia Longchambon, 39, (Maria Connor), Michael Le Vell, 56, (Kevin Webster) and Sally Dyvenor, 58, (Sally Webster).
Melanie Hill, 59, (Cathy Matthews), Simon Gregson, 46, (Steve McDonald), Sue Cleaver, 57, (Eileen Grimshaw) and Daniel Brocklebank, 41, (Billy Mayhew) are also expected to stay.
An ITV source said on Friday: ‘The actors have had a tough time over the last year and a bit what with the show going into lockdown, Covid outbreaks on set, reduced episode numbers and social distancing on the show.
Valued: According to The Daily Star, the soap stars are expected to ink new deals in the coming months, with some stars having already signed on the dotted line
‘So it’s great news that so many of the big name cast want to stay. On top of that no-one will be getting the chop just to create a ratings boost.
‘The bosses wanted to create a mood where the cast feels secure in such turbulent times.’
Actor Daniel declared he is ‘incredibly happy’ to have job security and said he now has a spring in his step.
Meanwhile tensions are rising in Weatherfield, amid Corey Brent’s court trial for the brutal murder of Seb Franklin.
Staying: The publication reported that the famous faces such as Samia Longchambon, 39, (Maria Connor), Michael Le Vell, 56, (Kevin Webster) and Sally Dyvenor (pictured), 58, (Sally Webster) will remain
The mechanic’s harrowing death aired on the soap in May as part of a brutal assault storyline which saw Seb (Harry Visinoni) and girlfriend Nina Lucas (played by Mollie Gallagher) brutally attacked and hospitalised.
And Abi Franklin (Sally Carman) can’t contain her grief as she shouts at Corey’s father Stefan (Paul Opacic) in an outburst outside court in upcoming scenes for Coronation Street.
In the scenes filmed on Wednesday, Abi has to be held back by her fiancé Kevin Webster during the explosive showdown.
Abi has to clutch on the railings of the steps for support as she lashes out at Stefan, while a furious Kevin looks on in fury.
Seb’s mother wore a black suit and white shirt for the trial, with Stefan also dressing smartly.
Heated: Meanwhile tensions are rising in Weatherfield, amid Corey Brent’s court trial for the brutal murder of Seb Franklin as his grieving mother Abi shouts at Corey’s dad in new scenes