It's almost time! Helen Flanagan is set to make her return to Coronation Street and fans couldn't be more excited. The actress will reprise her role as Rosie Webster, five years after leaving the soap. The first photos starring Helen have been unveiled by ITV, and show the 26-year-old star reunited with her family on the cobbles.
Her sister Sophie, played by Brooke Vincent, has returned from a holiday in Miami and brought a "surprise". Rosie is then seen jumping out of the taxi and running to hug their dad Kevin, played by Michael Le Vell. The former wild child looks every inch as glamorous as fans remember her. Rosie, played by Helen, shows off her svelte figure in a black crop top, velvet trousers, a fur gilet and leopard print heels.
Rosie Webster, played by Helen, surprises her family on the cobbles
Her return certainly won't be uneventful. Rosie will be involved in a shocking storyline that sees the police come knocking on her door. It also doesn't take long for her to find lust on the cobbles. Helen was just nine years old when she first appeared on Coronation Street. The blonde beauty grew up on the show, starring as the rebellious Rosie who goes on to become a glamour model and reality TV star.
The actress hugs her on-screen dad Kevin
In 2011, Helen shocked the soap world when she announced that she would be leaving to pursue other projects and interests. The actress started a family with her long-term partner Scott Sinclair, and welcomed their adorable daughter Matilda in 2015. Helen is no doubt thrilled to be making a comeback to Corrie. Her co-star Brooke helped secure her return, approaching show bosses on her behalf. Helen said she was "over the moon" to be asked back.
Rosie Webster's return certainly won't be uneventful
"I've wanted to come back for a while so I was delighted when they emailed me," Helen told The Sun. "Becoming a mum does change you, it gives you more of a purpose. It's made me a lot happier. I have grown up a lot and I feel more mature now."
The former wild child sees the police knocking on her door
Of her character, the actress said: "She's turned a corner. Rosie has come back a lot more likeable now which won't be boring to watch. I didn't really enjoy playing Rosie when I was younger in a nasty and catty way. I didn't like it because it didn't feel real to the situations if you know what I mean."