Todd Grimshaw returns to Coronation Street after being on the run for three years

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The first pics of runaway Todd Grimshaw have been released as the character returns to Weatherfield almost three years after disappearing from the Coronation Street.

Todd was originally played by Bruno Langley but will now played by Gareth Pierce.

He will first be seen back on Coronation Street in the autumn but the seeds of his return are sown next week when a letter arrives in the post from the ex solicitor asking for money.

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With Eileen away in Thailand, visiting her other son Jason, the letter is opened by Mary and Sean who break the news to Todd’s former partner Vicar Billy Mayhew. The trio then embark on a manhunt to try and track him down.

The last time viewers saw Todd was in late 2017 when he fled Weatherfield with Billy’s goddaughter Summer after her grandmother Geraldine attempted to gain custody of the girl.

When they were tracked down by the police, Todd assaulted a police officer and ran off on his own.

Where has Todd been hiding, why does he need the cash and why doesn’t he want to be found?

The letter starts months of intrigue and mystery until Todd finally breaks cover, much to the relief of mum and friends.

Welsh born Gareth Pierce is the second actor to be cast as Todd Grimshaw, the role was previously played for 16 years by Bruno Langley.

Gareth is best known for his roles as Lenny Mack in Sky 1's Stella and Gavin Moss in The Archers. He also starred in Ordinary Lies and Hinterland for BBC.

Gareth said: “I’m thrilled to be joining such an iconic show, and to have been entrusted with taking Todd forward into some really exciting storylines.

"It’s an honour to be part of the dedicated Coronation Street team in such unprecedented times.”

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