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Stephanie Beacham returning to Coronation Street

She'll arrive in Weatherfield on Wednesday 23rd November.

Coronation Street’s Ken Barlow will find himself in deep water next month when former flame Martha Frazer sails back into his life on her canal barge.

Acclaimed actress Stephanie Beacham reprises her role as femme fatale Martha 13 years after a brief fling with Ken almost resulted in him leaving his wife Deirdre.

Having recently rekindled his relationship with another of his ex-lovers, Wendy Popadopulous, Ken is stunned when Martha arrives to help out with the Weatherfield Players Am Dram production.

Despite his burgeoning feelings for Wendy, it’s not long before his head is turned once more by the exotic charms of actress Martha, and yet again, the octogenarian lothario finds himself in a classic soap love triangle.

Speaking about her return, William Roache, who of course plays Ken Barlow, said "I was delighted when Wendy came back into Ken’s life. I love that the writers are drawing on the rich history of Ken’s life to come up with these stories. When I found out that Martha was also going to make a return I was thrilled, but I fear heartache may be round the corner once more for Ken now he has found himself in another love triangle."

To which Stephanie Beacham added "I am delighted that Martha has returned to Weatherfield. It is an absolute joy to be working with Bill again."

Coronation Street continues Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV


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