SHARON Bentley returns with a sob story and moves in with Rita tonight on Coronation Street – as Jenny plots to expose her.
The troublemaker – who is played by Tracie Bennett – was last seen on the cobbles in 1999 when she attempted to sell the Kabin from under Rita’s feet.
Sharon returns and apologises to Rita
Next week, Brian takes a call claiming that Rita has been nominated for a Golden Heart Award and assumes it’s a hoax by one of Cathy’s trolls.
Later, Brian begs Cathy to return home and promises that the trolls have given up.
As Gemma and Rita chat in the Kabin, they’re interrupted by the arrival of Sharon bentley.
Rita agrees to give Sharon another chance
Jenny turns Gemma against Sharon
Sharon drops the bombshell that she nominated Rita for the Golden Heart Award for her fostering skills and goes on to apologise for the way she treated her all those years ago.
The women head to the Rovers, and Rita and Gemma are shocked when Sharon explains she had cancer and Ian ran off with a woman he met on the internet.
Rita introduces Sharon to Jenny, explaining that she fostered Jenny too.
But Jenny is hostile and later convinces Gemma that Sharon can’t be trusted.
Rita tells Jenny to stop meddling
Later, they make it clear that they won’t let Sharon hurt Rita again and that she needs to disappear sharpish.
Later in the week when Rita gets wind of their plan, she steps in and tells them to stop meddling, asserting that Sharon deserves a second chance.
Rita insists they all go for a drink in the bistro to make peace with each other.
As the meeting comes to a close, Sharon tearfully tells Rita that her brother Wayne died and that she’s lonely, leading Rita to suggest moving in with her for a few weeks.
Is Sharon going to cause trouble?
Corrie boss Ian MacLeod has revealed that Sharon will indeed turn out to be dangerous as she embroils Rita in a deadly plot.
The soap boss explained: “It’s extremely exciting to see someone of Tracie’s calibre revisit a role so rich in history and with such complicated psychology.
“Sharon returns across some badly burned bridges to reconnect with Rita – but very quickly her presence becomes destabilising and extremely dangerous, in ways that I hope the viewers won’t see coming.
“The big question is: what has her life become since she was last on the Street?
“The answer to that question will drive a massive story for us, which runs into the summer and beyond,” he added.
Speaking about her return, actress Tracie said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be returning to the cobbles. It is a dream come true for me.
“I had such an amazing time there and I am looking forward to working with Barbara again and getting my teeth into the storylines they have planned for Sharon.
“I was first approached about coming back about 18 months ago, I was keen and excited to see what was in store but my work schedule and then the pandemic has meant that it has taken until now for it all to come together.
“I am so pleased that I can finally tell everyone as it has been hard trying to keep the secret,” the actress explained.
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