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.
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 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”.
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.
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.”
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.”
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