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Helen Flanagan making Coronation Street comeback after five year break

Helen Flanagan is "so excited" to be returning to Coronation Street after taking a five-year break from the ITV soap to start her family.

Helen Flanagan is returning to Coronation Street.

The 26-year-old actress initially quit the ITV soap in 2012 after 12 years of playing Rosie Webster. However, after a five-year break from the programme, Helen has revealed she is set to rejoin the cobbles, with her comeback screening from next February (17).

"I’m so excited to be returning to Coronation Street and being part of the Webster family again," Helen said.

Rosie will make her return when she surprises her parents when she arrives back from Miami alongside sister Sophie, played by Brooke Vincent.

Coronation Street producer Kate Oates said of Helen's return: “The Websters have missed Rosie and so have we. With Sophie away on holiday with her sister it seemed like the ideal time to bring Rosie back home with her for a visit.

"We are delighted that Helen is as keen explore what Rosie has been up to away from the cobbles as we are."

During her absence from the show, Helen has started her family - giving birth to daughter Matilda, her first child with partner Scott Sinclair, in June 2015.

When she initially quit the soap in 2012, Helen said she was looking forward to getting her life back, after growing up on screen thanks to her role as Rosie.

“I always said to myself that I was going to leave when I turned 21,” she said. “For me, the show represents my ­childhood, and I just couldn’t have properly become an adult if I hadn’t left.

“I’m so grateful for the ­opportunities Corrie has given me, but I was in a bubble and the time is right for me to go. It finally feels as though I’ve left my childhood behind.

“People keep asking me what I’m going to do next, but I just want to enjoy being me and live for the ­moment for a while. I’ve been on Corrie since I was 10. It hasn’t just been my job, it’s been my whole life."

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