Coronation Street favourite to return for Gail Platt’s exit storyline episodes

Coronation Street star Helen Worth’s exit storyline will see the return of an old favourite character.

Worth, 73, announced last month that she was stepping down as Gail Platt after playing the role on the ITV soap since 1974.

Her departure will follow what has been described as “a major storyline for the Platt family”. The scenes, which are set to air in October, started filming on Wednesday (24 July).

It has now been revealed that, to mark Gail’s exit, her former husband Martin Platt, played by Sean Wilson, will return to the cobbles for the first time since 2018. Wilson quit as a regular on the soap in 2005.

Speaking about his return, Wilson told ITV: “It was great to be invited back again, to contribute to Helen’s exit story. We’ll have a few months to catch up with Martin and Gail again, following the ebbs and flows of the unfolding storyline.

“Playing Martin has been a joy since day one and in a way, I’ll be slipping back to where I left off, which no doubt will throw a spanner into the heart of the Platt family. It’s just like slipping on an old and comfortable jumper from the back of the wardrobe.”

His reunion with Gail will, according to The Sun, lead to a happy end for a character who has endured much heartbreak and turmoil over the last five decades, which has included six failed marriages.

Martin Platt, played by Sean Wilson, is returning to ‘Coronation Street’ (ITV)
Martin Platt, played by Sean Wilson, is returning to ‘Coronation Street’ (ITV)

It allegedly won’t be all plain sailing, though, with a source stating: “The plotline has many nuances, twists and turns but script writers all want this to feel like a gorgeous end of Gail’s story, with her finally finding her happy ending.”

The storyline is said to have been one among a few options considered for the character’s exit, with the source adding: “Bosses knew the moment needed to truly celebrate one of Corrie’s most iconic characters as well as honour Helen’s astonishing run on the soap.

“It just didn’t sit right to kill her off or have Gail suffer more tragedy after, let’s face it, a pretty traumatic life.”

Bosses are said to be “thrilled” to have tempted Wilson back for the storyline.

Sean Wilson is returning to ‘Coronation Street’ For Helen Worth’s exit (ITV/Shutterstock)
Sean Wilson is returning to ‘Coronation Street’ For Helen Worth’s exit (ITV/Shutterstock)

Speaking about her departure, Worth said: “This year felt like the perfect time to leave the show after celebrating 50 years in the most wonderful job on the most wonderful street in the world. I made the decision at the start of the year and spoke to the producers who were very kind and understanding.

“I have been truly blessed to have been given the most incredible scripts week in week out, and to have worked with fantastic actors, directors, and a brilliant crew.”

Worth has appeared a total of 4,453 times since she first joined the show in July 1974, a statistic that follows Ken Barlow actor Bill Roache, 92, who has made a total of 4,773 appearances since Coronation Street’s very first episode aired on 9 December 1960.

She made her mark in one of the soap’s most controversial storylines when her 13-year-old daughter Sarah (played by Tina O’Brien) became pregnant in 1999.

Other narrative arcs include her proximity to a number of murders, including marrying serial killer Richard Hillman (played by Brian Capron), being imprisoned for the murder of her husband Joe McIntyre (Reece Dinsdale), and locking her son David Platt in the cellar of a Bistro after she discovers he is going to kill his late wife Kylie’s murderer.

Gail Platt (Helen Worth) is leaving ‘Coronation Street’ after 50 years (ITV)
Gail Platt (Helen Worth) is leaving ‘Coronation Street’ after 50 years (ITV)

Her many street brawls with frenemy Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) will also go down in soap history.

Last year, Worth was awarded an MBE for services to drama. Receiving the honour from Prince William, the actor said: “It just feels absolutely wonderful. To collect an MBE is very special.”