THIS is why fans recognise the hospital mediator in Coronation Street

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Coronation Street saw a familiar face return last night...

Coronation Street fans found their hearts breaking for Steve McDonald and Leanne Battersby last night as they continued their fight for their son Oliver's life.

Fans will know that things have got so heated in the battle over Oliver's fight with Mitochondrial Disease that a hospital mediator had to be called in.

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Devastated Leanne is doing everything she can to fight for her son (Picture: ITV)

But as the mediator tried to keep the peace between Leanne, Steve and Oliver's doctor, fans could be forgiven for being slightly distracted.

A familiar face 

The actress who played the hospital mediator will have looked very familiar to eagle-eyed viewers, because she has been in Coronation Street before.

In fact, actress Joanna Bond has played two characters in the soap before.

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The hospital mediator in last night's Coronation Street will have looked familiar to soap fans (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

In 2014 she played a character called Donna Harris, who was a doctor, and in 2018 she returned to the soap to play Scarlett Fullerby.

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Scarlett was part of  Mary Taylor's storyline that saw her son, Jude, lying about working at the Weatherfield Marine Life Centre.

Viewers will remember Scarlett was the character Mary stopped to ask if she could be directed to where her son was working, however, it transpired that Jude had lied and Scarlett had never heard of him.

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Fans might recognise actress Joanna from being in Coronation Street before (Picture: ITV) (Image credit: ITV)

Actress Joanna has also appeared as a consultant in Emmerdale in 2017, and also played the character of Annie Kelly in 2011.

But Coronation Street and Emmerdale aren't the only soaps that Joanna has appeared in.

She has also been in an episode of Hollyoaks, which saw her playing the role of Miss Clifford.

The fight continues 

As Leanne and Steve prepared to take the hospital to court and let a judge decide Oliver's fate, it was clear that Tracy and Nick were struggling with the idea.

While Nick was adamant that they needed to support Steve and Leanne in any way possible, Tracy wasn't convinced.

Leanne Battersby vows to fight for her son!

Steve and Leanne met with Oliver's doctor and the hospital mediator last night (Picture: ITV)

Despite wanting Oliver to live, Tracy wasn't sure that selling their family assets was going to save him, and secretly pulled the plug on the sales of their flat, Street Cars and Preston's Petals.

But with the fight for Oliver taking another devastating turn, has Tracy just made things worse?

Coronation Street airs on Mondays and Wednesdays 7.30pm and 8.30pm with an hour long episode at 7.30 on Fridays on ITV - see our TV Guide for full listings.

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.