Coronation Street to KILL OFF former character in shock pre-Christmas death

Coronation Street
(Image credit: ITV/REX/Shutterstock)

There's heartache heading for the cobbles as a sudden death hits Weatherfield residents hard...

Coronation Street residents will be left reeling when former character Archie Shuttleworth is dramatically killed off just before Christmas.

Long-time Corrie fans will remember Archie, portrayed by legendary actor Roy Hudd, played a huge part in the Richard Hillman storyline when he and Audrey Robert's worked out the serial killer's deadly secrets.

Throwing a drink over undertaker Archie (Roy Hudd) in 2002. Blanche thought he was ‘carrying on’ with Audrey.

Blanche throws a drink over Archie in 2002, convinced he was ‘carrying on’ with Audrey.

When no one else believed Audrey that Richard was trying to kill her, Archie was the one who helped her prove she wasn't losing her mind to the rest of Weatherfield.

Viewers will also remember that Archie was the local undertaker in Weatherfield and got a name for himself as the mischievous friend of Rita Tanner and Audrey who liked nothing more than to flirt up a storm.

Rita recoils, reminding Audrey that Lewis is a paid escort.

Archie's death hits Rita and Audrey like a bolt from the blue

Despite his charming ways, Archie never managed to find any luck in love when it came to Audrey, but that doesn't mean she didn't hold him in high regard.

The character joined the soap in 2002 and appeared on screen for a year. Actor Roy Hudd then made guest appearances as Archie in 2006 for Mike Baldwin's funeral, and then again in 2010 for friend Blanche's funeral.

Roy Hudd is an English actor, comedian, presenter and radio host, having appeared in a whole host of legendary shows as well as Coronation Street.

Roy's CV also boasts TV shows like One Foot in the Grave, Broadchurch, Call the Midwife, Holby City, Benidorm, Casualty and Ashes to Ashes to name but a few.

Weatherfield's Audrey is set to get a blast from the past when she discovers Archie has died in a few weeks time, and it is left to her to break the sad news to Rita.

Veteran comedian Roy Hudd is Joe Collett

Veteran comedian Roy Hudd as Joe Collett in series one of Call the Midwife (Image credit: BBC/Neal Street Productions)

The pair will take a trip down memory lane, remembering the things about Archie that made them smile - but this isn't the only drama Audrey will be facing this Christmas.

As well as Archie's shock death, Audrey is also set to get a windfall in the coming weeks, something that is bound to grab the attention of conman Lewis Archer.

As her family try and prove a leopard can't change their spots and that Lewis is nothing but a thief, will Audrey listen to their pleas? Or is she about to lose all her money once again?

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.

Picture credits: Main image: ITV/REX/Shutterstock, Coronation Street images: ITV and Roy Hudd image: BBC/Neal Street Productions

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 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.