Coronation Street star Beverley Callard has revealed it was show producer Stuart Blackburn who persuaded her to return to the soap.
The actress first appeared on the cobbles as Liz McDonald in 1989 and was last seen two-and-a-half years ago when the character moved to Spain. It has just been announced Liz will be back in Weatherfield in October.
Beverley told the Cambridge News: "I left a couple of years ago to go back on stage again because I think it's important for an actor to do both and I'd not been on stage for ten years.
"Then Coronation Street got a new producer [Stuart Blackburn], who I worked with and adore. I've worked with him for ten years; he said to me on day two in the job that he wanted to bring Liz back.
"I love playing Liz so I'm really looking forward to working in front of the camera again, and the intimacy of camera, but I'll miss having a live audience, that's for sure."