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Coronation Street legend talks cobbles return insisting character ‘has stories to tell’

Coronation Street
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Could Curly Watts be heading back to the cobbles?

Former Coronation Street star Kevin Kennedy has revealed he thinks is cobbles character, Curly Watts, has got unfinished business in Weatherfield.

The actor, who played the much-loved character between 1983 and 2003, told The Mirror that he would love to return to the soap one day.

Kevin Kennedy Coronation Street

Kevin Kennedy played Coronation Street's Curly Watts for 20 years (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Speaking of returning, Kevin said: "I'd love to come back to Coronation Street. I still have a great relationship with ITV and I think Curly would have some stories to tell.

"It's a different soap from when I was in it, but when I joined it was a different show from 10 years before that.

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"It changes for the better I think, and deals with brilliant ideas and stories."

After being on Coronation Street for twenty years, Kevin quit the soap to focus on a music and theatre career.

But despite not being on the soap for 17 years, he admitted he still gets recognised in the street... "It's a real compliment. It means they remember your work - you can't ask for more than that."

Kevin Kennedy and Samia Longchambon

Kevin, seen here with Coronation Street's Samia Longchambon, would love to return to the cobbles (Picture: Getty) (Image credit: Getty Images)

The actor also spoke openly about his battle with alcohol addiction, which lead to him being written out of Coronation Street temporarily in 1998.

He left the soap for almost a month so that he could spend time at The Priory rehab clinic.

The actor has now been sober for 22 years, and claims the team at Coronation Street are behind his recovery.

Kevin said: "I will be forever grateful to ITV for sending me to rehab and giving me a chance."

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

Watch on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm on ITV - see our TV Guide for listings. 

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

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.