Coronation Street spoilers: Carla Connor returns to the cobbles as Alison King is pictured filming her first scenes for Christmas comeback

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CARLA Connor is officially back on Coronation Street.

After almost 18 months away the former factory boss is making her cobbles comeback just in time for Christmas as actress Alison King has been pictured filming her return scenes.

 Carla Connor is back on the cobbles where she belongs

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Carla Connor is back on the cobbles where she belongs
 Actress Alison King has been snapped filming her first scenes for her eagerly anticipated cobbles comeback

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Actress Alison King has been snapped filming her first scenes for her eagerly anticipated cobbles comeback

Alison was snapped filming scenes alongside her on-screen half-brother Shayne Ward.

Producer Kate Oates previously confirmed Alison would be returning to the cobbles later this year.

“Ever since I got here, it’s been rumoured that Carla’s coming back. But it was never true.

“Even the latest indications of it. Ali has only just signed her contract and she’ll be back around Christmas.”

 She took a break from her role last year but is now returning

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She took a break from her role last year but is now returning
 Carla used to own the now in crisis factory Underworld

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Carla used to own the now in crisis factory Underworld
 Shayne Ward was filming with Alison

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Shayne Ward was filming with Alison
 The actor plays her on-screen half-brother Aidan Connor

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The actor plays her on-screen half-brother Aidan Connor

She continued: “It’s time to break new ground with Carla. I didn’t want to put her on that familiar cycle of self-destruction, recovery, followed by more self-destruction.

“What we’ll have instead are these two strong Connor women – Carla and Michelle – on opposing sides and in conflict for a change. It’ll be a refreshing dynamic for us to see.”

Alison, 44, played Carla for nine years but left in 2016 to “pursue other projects”.

 Alison played Carla Connor on the soap for nine years

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Alison played Carla Connor on the soap for nine years

The Sun previously revealed Alison would be returning to the cobbles back in May.

Show sources revealed Alison would return at the end of the year after executive producer Kate Oates begged her to come back.


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One told the Sun on Sunday: “Carla is a hugely popular character with viewers, and Kate always felt it was a shame Ali left. So when the opportunity to talk to her came up, she was delighted.

“For a few months now they have been in secret talks and the word among the cast is that Ali has agreed.”

 Fans have been clamouring for Carla's comeback

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Fans have been clamouring for Carla’s comeback

The Sun revealed in 2015 that Alison was set to leave, citing “creative reasons”.

Producer Kate also discusses the importance of strong female characters in the soap and how Coronation Street needs to be more diverse on and off-screen “to break new ground”.

She explained: “In terms of reflecting diversity and showing black and Asian characters, yes, we absolutely need to do more of it.”

“And we need more black and Asian writers, to bring out the truth of those voices.”

Kate added: “It’s important to keep the show strong and relevant, so that it’s running long after everyone’s forgotten who I am.”

Alison King returns to the cobbles to greet guests at the Corrie tour

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