Les and Janice Battersby on Coronation Street: Why Did They Leave?

Les and Janice Battersby were hugely popular and recognizable characters on Coronation Street.

But both stars have been missing from the soap for some time.

However, Les’ daughter Leanne Battersby mentions her from time to time, including this Wednesday night.

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Why did they leave at all? And do they ever come back?

We dive deep and reveal everything we know about these former Corrie stars …


Les and Janice Battersby with Toyah and Leanne (Image credit: ITV)

Is Janice Battersby Leanne Battersby’s mother?

No, Janice Battersby is Leanne Battersby’s stepmother.

However, Les Battersby is Leanne’s biological father.

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Leanne was raised by both Les and Janice and also grew up with her stepsister Toyah.

She only met her birth mother, Stella Price, in 2011.

At this time Leanne also gained a half-sister, Eva.

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Janice left the soap in 2011 (Photo credit: ITV)

Why did Les Battersby leave Corrie?

Les, played by Bruce Jones, left Corrie in 2007.

He had been on the soap for a decade when he was hung up on the soap.

Bruce was accused of drunk and revealing storylines to an undercover reporter.

Les didn’t get an official starting story, but Chesney and Leanne do mention him from time to time.

Since leaving the soap, Bruce has returned to his stand-up comedy roots.

And he even took part in Celebrity Big Brother in 2013 – and was the fourth celebrity to be evicted.

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Les and Janice were known to be troublemakers (Credit: ITV)

Why did Janice Battersby leave Coronation Street?

Janice Battersby, played by actress Vicky Entwistle, left the soap in 2011.

Vicky says she quit soap because of exhaustion and found her newfound fame a great challenge.

Speak with The mirror This year she stated, “I wasn’t prepared for the attention. It was like falling into the sea when you couldn’t really swim.

“When I left, I really wanted to find some peace.”

She joined in 1997 and was a main character on the cobblestone for 14 years.

Her exit story included her leaving Weatherfield for London with her new boyfriend Trevor Dean.

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Bruce Jones on Celebrity Big Brother (Image Credit: ITV)

In her final scene, Janice yelled ‘Losers’ to Coronation Street residents as she drove off with Trevor.

Since Vicky left the soap, she joined Bruce on Celebrity Big Brother in 2013.

She left the show in the semifinals in sixth.

In terms of acting, she now works predominantly in the theater and has appeared in Les Misérables and in several pantomime productions since she left Corrie.

Are Vicky and Bruce coming back?

There are currently no confirmed plans to bring Les and Janice back to Coronation Street.

However, Bruce said he would like to return one day.

In 2015, Bruce appeared in Celebs on Benefits: Fame to Claim on Channel 5.

Here he described how he had experienced financial ruin since he was released from the soap.

But he remained hopeful that at some point he would be asked to return.

He said, “I know there’s room for Les somewhere on the show. It would be nice to go back and relive those days. I would love to be part of the team again. I miss her – I worked there for a long time.

“I still watch Coronation Street when it’s running. I’ve always seen it. It’s a big part of my life. My heart will always be on Coronation Street. “

In the meantime, Janice is unlikely to ever come back to Corrie, as Vicky seems pretty pleased since leaving the show.

In fact, she told The Mirror that she couldn’t “see” a Corrie comeback in her future.

While the couple reunited on Loose Women last year to discuss their time with the soap.

Both said they would only return if they could get back on the soap together.

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