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Corrie recast Summer as she returns to Weatherfield next month

Harriet Bibby will now take on the role of Summer Spellman which was originally played by Matilda Freeman who decided to leave earlier this year.

With the winter winds whistling down the cobbles, Summer Spellman is about to breeze back into Weatherfield this November to be reunited with Todd as she returns from her Grandma’s.

Summer is the adopted daughter of ​Billy Mayhew’s friend ​Drew Spellman​ and, following his diagnosis of terminal cancer, was eventually introduced to her new legal guardians Billy and Todd Grimshaw. She splits her time between Billy’s and her Grandma Geraldine’s

With tensions already running high between Billy and Paul over Todd’s return, Summer’s arrival is bound to complicate matters as she struggles to forgive Todd for abandoning her and Billy three years ago.

Lincolnshire born actress Harriet trained at Alra North and has had roles in Doctors and Brassic. She has lived in Wigan for the past four years and recently moved to Manchester. 

Speaking about taking on the role of Summer, she said "I am so thrilled to be joining the cast of Coronation Street. My family have watched the show for years and I already feel part of the family. Matilda has wished me good luck, which was lovely! I’m looking forward to bringing Summer’s sass and sparkle to the screen."

Whilst original actor Matilda Freeman added "I’d like to say thank you to my second family, the cast, crew and viewers who have supported me during my time on the cobbles. After three and a half lovely years I felt it was time for a change and I’m excited to be starting that next chapter with a new role."

Corrie continues Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV


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