Coronation Street fans spot Penny star Emma Stansfield’s link to past character

Coronation Street fans went wild on Wednesday night as they spotted newcomer Penny star Emma Stansfield's link to a past character on the cobbles.

Eagle-eyed soap watchers were quick to recognise that actress Emma has previously appeared in Weatherfield as one of Steve McDonald's former love interests — Ronnie Clayton.

Ronnie appeared on the cobbles in 2005 until 2006, starring in a total of 40 episodes, where she was part of a dramatic storyline with Steve while working in the taxi office.

On Wednesday night, Ronnie actress Emma returned to the cobbles but as a totally different character called Penny.


During the episode, Tyrone Dobbs was left furious after Penny only invited Ruby to her child's party and not Hope.

At the gathering, Tyrone made his thoughts clear to Penny that he was not very impressed by her attitude towards Hope.

And it didn't take long until eagle-eyed Corrie fans realised Penny star Emma had appeared on the cobbles before as Ronnie.

Taking to Twitter, one person said: "Thought that Penny looked familiar, she was in #Corrie years ago as Ronnie."

A different account put: "Wasn’t Penny Steve’s old girlfriend Ronnie Clayton? #corrie."

Another follower commented: "Wasn't the actress playing Penny in #Corrie the same actress who played Ronnie who worked in the taxi office a few years back?"

While a different viewer added: "Isn't Penny on Coronation Street the same actress who played Steve's girlfriend Ronnie Clayton back in 2005? #Corrie."

Elsewhere, this wasn't the only recognisable star during the scenes as Emmerdale actress Gemma Oaten made her debut as Tyrone's new love interest — Isla Haywood.

Soap watchers instantly recognised Gemma from Emmerdale where she played Rachel Breckle on the ITV soap from 2011 until 2015.

Taking to Twitter, viewers shared their excitement over seeing Emmerdale star Gemma in Weatherfield.

One person said: "It’s Rachel #Corrie."

A different account put: "She played Rachel on #emmerdale #corrie."

Another follower commented: "Isla looks a whole lot different to Rachel @gemmaoaten @itvcorrie #Corrie," followed by a heart emoji.

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While a different viewer added: "Welcome Isla Haywood! ( @gemmaoaten )! #Corrie."

Isla soon had a "connection" with Tyrone, who recently split from Alina Pop following his devastating separation from Fiz Stape, as they met at a kids' party.

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