Coronation Street bosses are recasting the role of Gail Platt’s oldest son Nick Tilsley.

The character, previously played by Adam Rickitt, is due to reappear on screens before Christmas.

Actor Adam (pictured) can’t reprise the role because he currently stars in New Zealand soap Shortland Street, the ITV1 soap’s official website revealed.

During his time on the Street, Nick married Leanne Battersby (Jane Dawson) and took Maria Connor (Samia Smith) away to Canada.

He was last seen leaving the Street in a taxi to begin a new life in Nottingham after his on-off relationship with Maria crumbled, but he has been referenced in the script several times.

A Coronation Street spokesman told the soap’s website: “It will be great to see the return of Nick, he has so many links with the street – both with his family and also with the various women he has had relationships with.

“It will be interesting to see how Leanne and Maria will react to his return and of course David has never really got on with his half brother so there will be some fireworks there.”

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