But she doesn’t hold out much hope…

Coronation Street star Sue Nicholls, who plays hairdresser Audrey Roberts, says she wants acclaimed actress Sophie Thompson to return to the soap as con artist Rosemary Piper.

Rosemary arrived on the cobbles in the Summer, claiming to be a “medium.” She told Audrey that she was in touch with her late husband, Alf, and also told Gail that she had received messages from her dead serial killer husband, Richard Hillman.

Rosemary and Audrey in Coronation Street

Audrey and Rosemary together… Sue would love Sophie Thompson to return as the dodgy “medium”

Gail then feared that the many crises that had beset the Platt family, such as David’s rape by Josh Tucker, and Bethany’s grooming ordeal at the hands of Nathan Curtis, were the result of Richard having put a curse of the family. Desperate to “save” her loved ones, she paid Rosemary to end the curse and “save” her family.

Rosemary was, of course, a Charlatan, and had teamed up with schemer Lewis Archer to con Gail out of thousands. She was later exposed at a psychic event in the church hall, thanks to the efforts of Roy Cropper, who discovered that Lewis was feeding her information gleaned about the audience’s dead loved ones through an ear piece.

Says Sue: “I loved that storyline. I just adore that woman (Sophie Thompson). She was so funny.

“I’d love her to come back. The thing is, with the story, it’s always difficult. But she was such fun and she was so bloody marvellous. I loved her, I loved her! But she does huge things, so she may not be free. Please keep me in [the show] until it happens!

She adds: “When she did that huge speech in front of everyone in the village hall, I just adored it. I wanted her to keep doing it. She was so good!”

Coronation Street continues on ITV.

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