9 best guest stars in soap history

Walking the cobblestones is the dream of many Corrie fans – and that there have been some amazing guest stars on Coronation Street who have lived that dream too.

Some big names have had small roles on the show for a few episodes – and many more are lining up for a walk-on.

Recently, The Chase favorite Anne Hegerty revealed that she would love a role. And now, Piers Morgan has announced that he wants ITV bosses to give him a stint.


Piers Morgan thinks he’s a womanizer on the cobblestone Coronation Street (Photo credit: SplashNews.com)

The ex-GMB host told Daily star Sunday: “I would love to be a soap star and Corrie would be my first choice, my grandmother loved this show.

“I see myself as a polite silver fox sitting on the chair at the bar in Rovers Return.

“My ideal love interest would be Kym Marsh, but she’s left the show now. So if I join, I’ll have to look for a new lady. “

From comedians to Hollywood actors and pop royalty, a number of famous faces have graced the cast of Coronation Street with their presence.

Here’s a roundup of the biggest and best guest stars on Coronation Street ever seen!

1. Peter Kay

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It wasn’t the best date (Image Credit: ITV / REX / Shutterstock)

Comedian Peter Kay starred as Drayman Eric Gartside on an episode of Coronation Street.

The unlucky Shelley Unwin (Sally Lindsay) agreed on a date with Eric in January 2004 after the end of her marriage to the bigamist Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne).

Eric has pulled out all the stops to win her over and even takes Shelley to a fancy restaurant. But when they landed back at his house for a cup of tea, the sight of his mother Dolly in her dressing gown was enough to upset Shelley for good.

She hastily withdraws and declined Eric’s offer of another date by telling him to cut the apron strings if he wanted to find love.

2. Sir Ian McKellen

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Sir Ian McKellen is best known for his role as Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, Magneto in the X-Men films, Sherlock Holmes in Mr. Holmes, and Cogsworth in the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast .

He joined Coronation Street for 10 episodes in May 2005 when his character Mel Hutchwright showed up at a book club following an invitation from Blanche Hunt (Maggie Jones).

Mel had written the book they were discussing, and Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden), Emily Bishop (Eileen Derbyshire) and Rita Tanner (Barbara Knox) ​​were all impressed with him. But Ken Barlow’s (William Roache) nose was completely out of joint.

The author moved in with Norris and Emily to finish his next book and made them pay for everything. He even persuaded the book club to donate £ 200 each to publish the novel.

But Ken was not accepted and eventually exposed Mel for who he really was: the con man Lionel Hipkiss. Norris kicked Lionel out, and that was the last time we saw Sir Ian on the cobblestones.

3. Paddy McGuinness

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Paddy’s camping style left little room for fun (Photo credit: ITV / YouTube)

Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness played Dougie Ryan in six episodes in August 2005.

Kirk Sutherland (Andy Whyment), Beth Tinker (Lisa George), Craig Tinker (Colson Smith), Sinead Tinker (Katie McGlynn), Chesney Brown (Sam Aston), Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) and Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall) carried on a camping trip that Dougie was on with his daughter Caitlin (Eve Gordon).

He thought he was a Bear Grylls guy and immediately rubbed Tyrone the wrong way. Although the rest of the group were in awe of him.

A hike in the woods to look for food resulted in an argument, and eventually Dougie was put in his place by his own daughter.

Paddy spoke and told about a Corrie return The Manchester Evening News that he would like to return for another short stay.

4. Sarah Harding

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Sarah’s performance wasn’t the biggest hit … (Credit: ITV / YouTube)

Though Cheryl often said that she’d love a role in the Soap (and play a small role in the text Santa special), it was her late Girls Aloud bandmate Sarah Harding who ended up being one of the guest stars on Coronation Street . She appeared in five episodes of the soap as Joni Preston, ex-wife of Robert Preston (Tristan Gemmill).

Joni arrived on the cobblestones in July 2015 looking for Robert. He had revived his relationship with Tracy Barlow (Kate Ford), and Joni was not happy.

When she finally caught up with her at the restaurant that Robert and Joni owned together, she gave Tracy an omnipotent slap in the face. She and Robert got divorced and he gave everything to her.

5. Joan Collins

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The star of Dynasty, as well as many films such as The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, The Big Sleep and The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing, and which are based on the books by her sister Jackie: The Stud and The Bitch. showed up in a street spin-off.

In 1997 she played herself in the feature film Viva Las Vegas! where she sat on a plane with Corrie icons Jack and Vera Duckworth (Bill Tarmey and Elizabeth Dawn) who had traveled to Vegas to renew their vows.

Vera spilled a drink on herself as Joan passed and Joan assured her it would wash out, adding, “I should know,” referring to all the times she had tossed a drink on herself in Dynasty .

6. James Fleet

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Four Weddings and a Funeral and Vicar of Dibley star James Fleet was in Corrie for seven episodes in 2010 as Robbie Sloane, cellmate of Tony Gordon (Gray O’Brien).

Playing a killer was quite an exit for James, best known for playing lovable guys.

But in Corrie, he helped Tony escape jail and then held both Carla Connor (Alison King) and Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh) at gunpoint.

Sad for Robbie, who in return for £ 2,000 helped Tony so his son could go to college, he chose the wrong man to trust when Tony shot and killed him as a thank you.

7. Holly and Phil


Phil and Holly’s cameo saw Rosie leave Weatherfield (Image: ITV)

Day TV King and Queen Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby guest-starred on Coronation Street in an episode in June 2018.

You played a role in the exit story of Rosie Webster (Helen Flanagan), who went on maternity leave.

Rosie appeared on the sofa at This Morning along with Craig Tinker and Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell) after defeating a drug lord on the street.

While Craig was in love with Holly, Gemma flirted with Phil by storm and Rosie managed to offend everyone!

8. Status quo

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Status Quo were the heroes of Les Battersby (Credit: Mark Campbell / REX / Shutterstock)

Quo rockers Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt appeared as themselves on three episodes of the 2005 soap – some of Coronation Street’s most famous guest stars.

They were discovered by superfan Les Battersby (Bruce Jones), who persuaded them to sing to Cilla Battersby-Brown (Wendi Peters) at his wedding.

The band dutifully complied – and then took Candice Stowe (Nikki Sanderson) on tour as their personal hairdresser.

9. Honor Schwarzmann

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Former Bond girl Honor Blackman, who starred as Pussy Galore in the 1964 Bond film Goldfinger and also starred in The Avengers and Jason and the Argonauts, joined Corrie in 2004 for five episodes.

She played Rula Romanoff, an old friend of Rita’s who tried to seduce Norris into swapping wives in a story!

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