Surprise in soapland as THIS Hollyoaks star makes a shock appearance in Coronation Street

There was shock in Weatherfield last night Hollyoaks star and former Coronation Street actress Nikki Sanderson made a surprise appearance on the famous cobbles...

Coronation Street gave fans a huge treat last night when they brought actress Nikki Sanderson back to the cobbles fourteen years after she was last seen in Weatherfield.

Viewers will remember that actress Nikki played the loveable Candice Stowe from 1999 until 2005, and she has since gone on to join the cast of Hollyoaks, where she currently plays the popular character Maxine Minniver.

Nikki Sanderson and Tracy Shaw return to Coronation Street

Nikki Sanderson and Tracy Shaw made a surprise return Coronation Street last night (Picture: ITV)

Nikki's surprise appearance on the ITV soap came during a special one-off documentary that paid tribute to actress Sue Nicholls, who is infamous for playing the legendary Coronation Street salon owner Audrey Roberts.

The programme celebrated Sue's 40 years on the soap, and saw Nikki return to the cobbles with actress Tracy Shaw, who played another member of Audrey's salon staff, Maxine Peacock.

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Sue had no idea that the pair were coming to visit her on the set of Coronation Street, and as she was outside filming the documentary on the cobbles, they were hiding inside the salon, ready for the big surprise.

Nikki Sanderson and Tracy Shaw return to Coronation Street

Sue Nicholls was delighted to see her former co-stars (Picture: ITV)

Sue was of course delighted to see her former colleagues and the trio reminisced about their days filming in Audrey's salon together.

Fans were thrilled with the special programme dedicated to Sue's time on the show, and enjoyed the trip down memory lane...

These days Nikki is busy filming on Hollyoaks where her character Maxine is still dealing with the repercussions of her high lies.

But Sue had a great idea for Tracy during the documentary and announced that the character of Maxine should come back to the cobbles.

The actress revealed she thought Maxine, who was infamously killed off by cobbles killer Richard Hillman, could come back from the dead and joked: "I'll organise that. I've been here 40 years now, you know!"

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