Coronation Street fans GO WILD as THIS character reveals brand new look

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Nothing gets past eagle-eyed Coronation Street fans...

It wasn't just Leanne Battereby's heartbreak over her son Oliver that got Coronation Street fans talking tonight.

They were also fixated on the fact Imran Habeeb was sporting a very smart new haircut.

Fans have watched Leanne struggling to come to terms with Oliver's devastating mitochondrial disease diagnosis, and the more she grieves the more she is pushing away those she loves.

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Imran went to see Leanne about the way she spoke to Toyah (Picture: ITV)

Leanne at breaking point

The terrified mum was understandably devastated to be given the news her son has a terminal illness.

Most recently she clashed with sister Toyah Battersby (Georgia Taylor) as she tried to help.

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Fans will know Toyah has struggled to have a family of her own, and on Monday night Leanne told her sister she should be grateful that she can't have kids because of the heartache they bring.

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Both Nick and Imran have got a new look since lockdown (Picture: ITV)

Toyah was heartbroken, but of course won't let Leanne know that.

Instead it was left up to Imran to come and see Leanne and pull her up on her harsh words.

Imran to the rescue 

Fans were loving the fact Imran was there to stand up for Toyah, hailing him the perfect boyfriend.

But that wasn't the only thing that got them in a frenzy.

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Fans couldn't get enough of Imran's new hair... (Picture: ITV)

Viewers also noticed that Charlie De Melo, the actor who plays Imran, had returned to work from lockdown with new hair.

They took to Twitter to share their appreciation...

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Coronation Street fans will know that lots of soap cast members recently used their time away from filming to try out new looks.

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Charlie was no different, and he shaved his hair when the barber shops closed for lockdown, making the most of the fact he wouldn't have to worry about continuity in Coronation Street for a few months.

Coronation Street will temporarily air a reduced schedule of three episodes a week.

Watch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm on ITV. 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 


After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off


She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 


As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.