Wendi Peters is to return to Coronation Street after a seven-year hiatus.
The 46-year-old will reprise her role as gobby mum Cilla Battersby-Brown, who makes a surprise return to Weatherfield to see her kids Fiz Stape (Jennie McAlpine) and Chesney Brown (Sam Aston).
“I’m really thrilled to have the opportunity to revisit Cilla and the cobbles for a short while and to see what she has been up to for the last seven years,” Wendi said.
Cilla, who was last seen in the DVD spin-off Coronation Street: Out Of Africa in 2008, will appear on Coronation Street for a six-week stint from October.
While details of her return storyline are being kept under wraps, it is thought her arrival will coincide with Jennie McAlpine’s maternity leave, when she leaves the show in the autumn to have her first baby.
Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn said: “We can’t wait to see Cilla back on the cobbles, she’s a truly unforgettable character who is at the heart of Corrie’s rich history.”
During her time on the Street, loudmouth Cilla, who was married to Les Battersby (Bruce Jones), made many enemies with her outrageous behaviour. She left for Las Vegas in October 2007 after inheriting a £45k necklace from a pensioner who died whilst in her care.
Since leaving Coronation Street, Wendi has worked in theatre, in the The Mystery Of Edwin Drood, Rutherford And Son and White Christmas – which she will return to at the Dominion Theatre in London’s West End this Christmas.
She has also worked on television as the narrator of ITV’s Britain’s Best Bakery, and was a finalist in the 2009 series of Celebrity Masterchef.