Coronation Street resident confirms return to ITV soap after absence

Coronation Street: Peter shares concerns about not seeing Simon

Coronation Street often sees residents disappear for a length of time whilst their previous storylines die down.

One character who has been less prevalent in current scenes is Simon Barlow (played by Alex Bain) whose last scene saw him getting the cold shoulder from Amy Barlow (Elle Mulvaney).

The young actor also took a small break from his social media pages after news of his split from fiance Mollie Lockwood.

However, on Friday morning Alex posted on his Instagram page to reveal to fans that he had returned to the Manchester studios.

He wrote: “So glad to be back working again this week! I have missed you Coronation Street.”

When he first took a break from social media and the soap, Alex revealed to his followers: “Due to recent personal life events, I will be taking a break from all forms of social media.

“I’m sure you can all understand. I will still be around. However, because of certain numbers of comments made on the recent articles, and numerous other personal reasons, I will be stepping away for a while to work on myself and personal healing.

“For now, unless it’s necessary for me to be here, I will be very absent for a while. Remember everyone: try to be kind to people in the world.

“Under the surface, no one knows everyone’s own struggles. And to those who have messaged me personally: I have seen them and I thank you, from the bottom of my heart.”

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Back in April, fans were also concerned as to where Gary Windass (Mickey North) had got to as they noticed he had been absent from the cobbles.

After his dramatic storyline with Kelly Neelan (Millie Gibson) and briefly helping Maria Connor (Samia Longchambon) with her political career, Gary disappeared.

Taking to Reddit, user Omery_Tension noted: “Does anyone feel like Damon is a replacement for Gary?

“Something I’ve noticed is that he’s been placed with the people Gary used to deal with in the last couple of years and they’re basically doing the Gary-Adam-Sarah storyline over with Damon.”

Bryan_RW agreed and added: “Very good points! I feel that the Gary storyline is only ever going to result in one conclusion because surely he can’t be seen to actually get away with murder?” (sic)

Midnightmitchell2019 theorised: “I think Damon works as a kind of softer version of Gary, yeah. He’s got a bit more energy to him and I guess for the characters a more likeable personality? Considering he jumped in to stop that Bistro armed robbery…two years ago that 100% would’ve been given to Gary for sure.”

However, Gary has also recently reappeared in Weatherfield in Faye Windass’ (Ellie Leech) comes to a head.

She has been torn between leaving with Jackson Hodge (Joseph William Evans) and Miley Hodge (Frankie-Jae Simmonds) or staying with fiance Craig Tinker (Colson Smith).

Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8pm on ITV.

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