CORONATION Street legend Geoffrey 'Spider' Nugent is returning to the soap 19 years after his exit.
The eco warrior, who was married to Toyah Battersby, became a fan favourite when he made his debut in 1997.
Actor Martin Hancock is now resuming the role and will make his screen return in July.
He said: “Having the opportunity to walk back onto the cobbles is fabulous, I’m so excited to be seeing a lot of old friends and picking up what Spider has been up to.
"I’ve always wanted to come back at some point and it just felt like this is the right time. I’m eternally grateful to Iain [Macleod] for the opportunity.”
Corrie producer Iain Macleod said of Martin's return: “Martin is a fabulous actor and Spider is a character with real heritage, and affection from fans.
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"His return heralds an enthralling new story for Toyah, who will be embroiled in a mess of guilt and secrecy when Spider arrives. Will he be her saviour or the thing that ruins her life forever?”
Spider is the nephew of another legendary character, Emily Bishop, played by Eileen Derbyshire.
The activist is thought to have been on a charity mission in Peru in the years since he said goodbye to Weatherfield.
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