Coronation Street spoilers – Sally Metcalfe and Maria Connor go to WAR in Corrie shock; plus EastEnders & Emmerdale news

CORONATION Street viewers will see Sally Metcalfe and Maria Connor spectacularly clash on the cobbles.

The pair both have an interest in local politics and are set to go to war over a council seat.

Trouble kicks off when Sally calls Maria and Mary Taylor together for a meeting about the Christmas Market.

When Maria reveals that a local councillor has resigned, Mary points out that she and Sally will be locking horns sooner than expected.

Read our live blog below for all the latest soap news, gossip and spoilers…

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    Which Emmerdale star was in Harry Potter?

    Emmerdale fans may get a shock when they realise this show regular had a Hollywood film role in Harry Potter.

    And he looked dramatically different as he played the character of Magorian, a centaur living in the Forbidden Forest in the fifth movie, Order of the Phoenix.

    Now he is hanging out at the Woolpack, he looks very different.

    Can you guess who it is?

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    Pucker up

    Former Corrie actress Michelle Keegan stunned fans with a huge pout as she returned to London after filming Brassic up North.

    The TV star, 34, marked her arrival in the capital with a sexy video on Instagram.

    Michelle puckered up as she blew a kiss in the back of a black cab.

    She looked incredible, wearing a heritage check winter coat, and with her long brown hair falling in waves around her face.

    She wrote over her video, which she tagged in London: "She's back!"

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    Explainer: Who is the real Dotty Cotton?

    Eastenders fans are used to seeing star Milly Zero in the role of the scheming Dotty Cotton.

    The young actress’ life is a world away from life on Albert Square, with glam nights out and a famous rapper boyfriend – not to mention her lookalike mum.

    Milly joined the cast as Dot Branning’s granddaughter in 2019 replacing Molly Conlin who had previously played the role as a child.

    The 22-year-old was a child star herself with a role as the title character’s bratty older sister in CBBC’s All About Charlie.

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    Corrie cancer check (continued)

    While Bea had scans she developed jaundice, when the skin and whites of the eyes turn yellow due to a problem with the liver. 

    This, with the burping, turned out to be because Bea had pancreatic cancer.

    The symptoms of the disease include jaundice, feeling or being sick, changes in stools, pain in the stomach and back, and symptoms of indigestion – like burping and bloating.

    It also causes common cancer symptoms of weight loss, fatigue and high temperature.

    Bea “carried on fighting till the end”, Nicola said, sadly dying in November 2016, aged 62.

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    Corrie cancer check

    A woman lost her mum to a cancer that she self-diagnosed by watching Coronation Street.

    Bea Walton, of Crewe, Cheshire, had been burping more than usual and noticed that the character Hayley Cropper had mentioned the same symptom.

    The TV soap star’s storyline saw her diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and ending her own life in final scenes aired in January 2014.

    Bea, a then 60-year-old grandmother, first thought something was wrong in early 2015, her daughter, Nicola Smith, said. 

    Nicola, 46, told Cheshire Live: "She [Bea] started burping a lot, which obviously is unusual I suppose for a lot of people.

    "My mum actually watched an episode of Coronation Street, and I think it was Hayley on Coronation Street had had the same symptoms, so she sort of mentioned to the doctor…”

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    Star-crossed lovers (continued)

    Charity dragged Noah home while Kerry vowed to take Chloe back to her privileged life in a cage.

    In the car Chloe told her: “I don’t understand how you can do this to me. 

    “Don’t say you care because if you did you wouldn’t be taking me back there.”

    And Kerry realised she was right, telling her: “Maybe you’re right. 

    “If I cared I wouldn’t so maybe I shouldn’t. I need to think of a plan.”

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    Star-crossed lovers

    Emmerdale fans have been left stunned by a shock twist after Chloe Harris and Noah Dingle tried to run away together.

    The teen couple are desperate to flee so Chloe can be free of her overbearing gangster father’s control.

    n tonight’s episode they hatched a plan to run away from the village without being tracked.

    However after trying to walk to Hotton, they were caught by Kerry and Charity who demanded they come clean.

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    Danny Miller slammed for leaving newborn son

    Danny Miller has hit back at critics who slammed him for doing the show weeks after his son was born – and says “he won’t remember”.

    The former Aaron Dingle actor is one of 10 celebs taking part in the 21st series of the show this year.

    The soap star and fiancee Steph Jones welcomed their son Albert into the world last month.

    But his choice to star in the popular ITV programme has caused backlash amongst fans as it’s possible he’ll be away from his newborn for a maximum of three weeks.

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    Wishing Walford a farewell?

    Adam Woodyatt is on an extended break from the soap where he has played Ian Beale since 1985 – but he may not return to Walford any time soon.

    The actor, 53, is hoping that his stint on the ITV show will launch a whole new chapter in his career.

    A TV insider said: “He’s excited by the prospect of showing the nation who the real Adam Woodyatt is.

    “He is optimistic it will open the minds of producers who might have previously only thought of him as Ian.

    “And there are plenty of stars who’ve gone on to new things as a result of I’m A Celebrity.”

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    Explainer: Who does Gemma Oaten play on Corrie?

    Corrie viewers have seen her as Isla, who met newly single Tyrone when her daughter Darcy went to the same party as his daughter Hope.

    Isla suggests a date, but the night will end in disaster next week when a man approaches them in the restaurant, announces he is Isla’s husband and punches Tyrone, sending him flying.

    Gemma, who has also appeared in Holby City, says: “Isla is very flirty and confident and she dresses up.

    “She’s at a kids’ party but she’s in a fake-fur gilet and leopard-print top. She embraces who she is as a woman and she goes after Tyrone."

    She is currently in the show as a guest character – but who knows? If all goes well she could become a regular fixture on the cobbles.

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    Explained: What are the signs of anoxeria?

    • if you’re under 18, your weight and height being lower than expected for your age
    • if you’re an adult, having an unusually low body mass index
    • missing meals, eating very little or avoiding eating any foods you see as fattening
    • believing you are fat when you are a healthy weight or underweight
    • taking medication to reduce your hunger (appetite suppressants)
    • your periods stopping (in women who have not reached menopause) or not starting (in younger women and girls)
    • physical problems, such as feeling dizzy, dry skin and hair loss

    Corrie star is an eating disorder campaigner

    Gemma Oaten now works with eating disorder charity Seed, which organises support groups for sufferers.

    You can find more information on their website: seed.charity.

    The 37-year-old she relapsed after being sent home because she hadn’t addressed the reasons behind her disorder.

    She explained: “In one unit I was so weak I wasn’t allowed to wash my own hair or go for a walk.

    “The only time I could exercise was when I went to the toilet. So I’d do 50 sit-ups on the floor while a member of staff stood outside waiting for me.”

    She eventually turned a corner when she suffered a heart attack at the age of 18 – she finally started seeing a therapist and by 23 had managed to graduate from drama school and landed a part on daytime soap Doctors.

    How Corrie saved a life (continued)

    “It was very much reward and punishment, so if I’d put on weight I’d be allowed to watch television”, she continued. “I’d watch Coronation Street and escape into it and have that little bit of fire inside me thinking, ‘I can beat this eating disorder — I can get better and go for my dreams’.

    “Eating disorders make you lose sight of a lot of things, but I still dared to dream that I’d be on Corrie one day.”

    Gemma — best known for playing Rachel Breckle in Corrie’s rival soap Emmerdale from 2011-2015 — developed anorexia aged ten following an episode of being bullied at school.

    Just a year later she was so ill she ended up in hospital and was sent to a youngsters’ psychiatric unit. She says: “There were moments when I was on my deathbed and I didn’t even know what day it was.

    “I felt helpless and the easier option was not to be alive any more, rather than live the hell I was enduring.”

    How Corrie save one star's life

    Gemma Oaten recently debuted on Coronation Street as flirty mum Isla – fulfilling a lifelong career ambition.

    The actress suffered from anoxeria nervosa as a teenager and will receiving treatment 30-minutes on the Cobbles was her lifeline.

    She describes how staff used the ITV soap as a reward, only allowing her to watch it if she had made sufficient effort to eat.

    She said: “I nearly didn’t make it because of the eating disorder. I almost died four times. I spent a lot of my life in hospitals, eating disorder units and psychiatric units. My favourite TV shows got me through.

    “Some of these places were backwards in their approach. The psychiatric unit I was in when I was 11 was brutal.”

    Who is Ben Hardy? (continued)

    Ben Hardy made an appearance in Call The Midwife as a reporter.

    He also appeared in one episode of Drunk History as King Arthur.

    On the big screen, the actor has starred in X-Men: Apocalypse.

    Ben also played Roger Taylor in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

    His first role on the stage was when he starred in The Judas Kiss with Arthur Wellesley.

    In 2021 Ben returned to TV to star in the BBC's The Girl Before.

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      Explained: Who is Eastenders' Ben Jones?

      Ben Jones, 30, is an English actor who was born January 2, 1991, though he is known professionally as Ben Hardy.

      He was born in Bournemouth, Dorset, and grew up in Sherborne.

      Ben shot to fame playing Peter Beale in EastEnders from 2013-2015.

      He has had roles in television, film and on stage.

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      Mothering instinct? (continued)

      Viewers were quick to question on Twitter last night why Kerry has not visited Amy.

      Some viewers even slammed the show's writers for the "weird set up".

      One tweeted: "It's like Kerry's been parachuted into #emmerdale without having been in it before. Why does she keep going into the village but doesn't try to see Amy who always misses seeing her. No mention of Dan or Amelia, as if she doesn't know them. Totally weird set up by the writers."

      A second wrote: "So again Kerry has forgotten about her real daughter to protect the prisoner's daughter."

      "Kerry you are heartless. You have been in the village on numerous occasions and you can at least check on Amy and Kai or even Dan after his accident or Amelia," said one fan.

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      Mothering instinct?

      Emmerdale viewers have been left confused and questioning Kerry Wyatt as a mother after she 'forgot' about her daughter Amy.

      Recent storylines have followed Kerry making several trips in and out of Emmerdale to protect young Chloe Harris.

      However, eagle-eyed viewers have noticed and questioned why Kerry has not visited her daughter Amy since returning to the Dales.

      Kerry has visited the small village a number of times to check on Chloe but has not been shown reuniting with Amy.

      She has been returning to stop the romance between Chloe and Noah Dingle.

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      Suspicious minds (continued)

      In Tuesday's episode, Whitney called Gray's law firm to discover he no longer works there and has been lying about still being employed there.

      During last night's show, Whitney called Gray while he was on shift at his new job flipping burgers in a fast-food restaurant.

      Gray was furious that Whitney was calling him at work, lying and saying he couldn't talk as he was in a meeting.

      But Whitney didn't buy his lies and now fans are worried Gray will kill her off if she discovers the truth.

      One fan tweeted their opinion, writing: "Be careful of that Dishwasher Whitney!!!!!!!!"

      Chantelle, Gray's first wife, was killed after he pushed her onto a knife in the dishwasher. He had been domestically abusing her for years before killing her.

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      Suspicious minds

      Eastenders fans are fearing for Whitney Dean's life as she continues to investigate Gray Atkins current job situation.

      Fans of the BBC British soap sat on the edges of their seat during Thursday's episode of EastEnders as Whitney continued to look into what Gray is up to after discovering he lost his job at the law firm.

      The lawyer was sacked from the impressive job last month that saw him being one of the highest earners on Albert Square.

      Gray couldn't land another job in law after his previous boss promised to get him blacklisted from all firms due to his aggressive nature.

      After killing his wife Chantelle, which has not yet been revealed, fans are now worried for Whitney's life as she's on a mission to find out what Gray is up to.

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      Who is Chloe's dad on Emmerdale? (continued)

      Viewers know that her "dangerous dad" has been in prison, and that Chloe was related to sister Gemma, who died three years ago.

      Theories have passed back and forth across social media, with audiences convinced that her father must be a character from the soap's past.

      Her surname – Harris – previously sent viewers in a flurry as they linked her with former villain Pierce Harris, who was sent to prison in 2017.

      So when a mysterious man began following Chloe in a car, it was no wonder fans tried their best to catch a proper glimpse to see who it is.

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      Who is Chloe's dad on Emmerdale?

      On Emmerdale's November 18, 2021 episode Emmerdale released more details about Chloe Harris' mysterious criminal father, where they appeared to reveal that he is called "Damon".

      During a scene with Charity Dingle and Mackenzie Boyd, Kerry Wyatt, who has been working as a cleaning maid for Chloe's family, divulged details about her dangerous boss, where she spoke about Damon.

      Viewers went wild over the revelation after weeks of trying to crack the identity of the mysterious criminal.

      Eagle-eyed fans think they have worked out who her dad is – having looked closely at their TVs while Chloe and Kerry were followed by a mysterious car.

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      EASTENDERS SPOILER: Best laid plans (continued)

      Dotty is shocked and relieved when Sandy appears at Ruby’s and she tells her mum she has been saving up for rehab and offers for her a place to stay.

      But breaking the news to Rocky about her mother's return, she explains she needs him to scam Peter for more cash for Sandy’s rehab.

      And when Sandy spies Rocky, she's immediately suspicious.

      The situation adds to Rocky's nerves and he tells Dotty he’s leaving Walford the next day.

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      EASTENDERS SPOILER: Best laid plans

      Is the gig about to be up for Dotty now her mum is back to ruin all her scheming?

      The scheming student now has to worry about getting her addict mother clean – and making sure she doesn't expose Rocky's true identity.

      Rocky has been pretending to be Sonia Fowler's long lost dad so he can get hold of Dot Cotton's inheritance money.

      When in fact he is actually Dotty's uncle Tom.

      Dotty is shocked and relieved when Sandy appears at Ruby’s and she tells her mum she has been saving up for rehab and offers for her a place to stay.

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      Out on the town

      Corrie star Helen Flanagan has wowed her fans in a low cut leopard print dress as she enjoyed a night out on the town.

      The soap actress stunned in the slinky babydoll-style dress as she sat at the bar of a swanky eatery and smiled wide for the camera.

      Helen, 31, who last appeared as Rosie Webster in 2018 after playing her on and off since 2000, looked glamorous in the Instagram stories snap.

      She paired the tiny leopard print dress with minimalistic gold earrings and neatly styled her blonde locks behind her ears to reveal her dewy complexion.

      Helen – who welcomed her third child, Charlie, in March with her fiancé, ex-Celtic footballer Scott Sinclair – completed her look with glam make-up.

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