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Helen Flanagan returning to Coronation Street after five year break

Gemma Strong

Exciting news Coronation Street fans! Helen Flanagan is set to reprise her role as Rosie Webster in the soap, five years after leaving Weatherfield. The 26-year-old will begin filming at the end of the year, and will stay on screen until the spring, ITV has confirmed.

Helen first appeared on the soap aged just nine and remained until 2012, when her character was said to have left home to take part in a reality TV programme.

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Helen Flanagan is returning to Coronation Street after a five year break

After leaving Corrie, Helen herself took part in a number of reality shows, including I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and Celebrity Super Spa. She also became a first-time mum, welcoming daughter Matilda Jessica with partner Scott Sinclair in June 2015.

In a statement, Helen said: "I'm so excited to be returning to Coronation Street and being part of the Webster family again."

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The actress will be on screen from February through to the spring

Coronation Street producer Kate Oates added: "The Websters have missed Rosie and so have we. With Sophie away on holiday with her sister it seemed like the ideal time to bring Rosie back home with her for a visit. We are delighted that Helen is as keen to explore what Rosie has been up to away from the cobbles as we are."

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Helen first appeared on the ITV soap aged just nine

Viewers will first see Rosie back on screen in February. She surprises her parents when she arrives back to visit them with sister Sophie, who is returning from their trip to Miami.  ITV said exact plot details are being kept under wraps but said "one thing is certain – Rosie's visit to see her family won't be uneventful".