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03/12/2015 02:28 GMT | Updated 03/12/2015 02:59 GMT

‘Coronation Street': Helen Flanagan And Keith Duffy Set To Return? They Will Be If New Soap Boss Has Her Way

Some familiar faces could be about to return to ‘Coronation Street' if the ITV soap’s new boss has her way.

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Kate Oates, who is about to take the reins at ‘Corrie’ after turning Emmerdale’s fortunes around, wants to bring back some old favourites to the cobbles when she takes over in the New Year.

Top of her wish list are Helen Flanagan who played ditsy Rosie Webster for 12 years before leaving in 2012, and Boyzone star Keith Duffy who played Ciaran McCarthy from 2002 to 2005.

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Kate is said to be a huge fan of Keith, who made a brief return between 2010 and 2011 before he quit to spend more time with his family.

The source added: “All three are well-loved characters and getting any of them back would be hugely popular with Corrie fans.”

Since quitting ‘Corrie’, Helen appeared on ‘I’m A Celebrity’ before marrying Aston Villa footballer Scott Sinclair and having a baby.

Meanwhile, Georgia went on to find success on ‘Law and Order: UK’ but, like Helen, hasn’t ruled out a return to Weatherfield.

Last week, it was revelaed that Conor McIntyre is set to return to the soap, as the villainous Pat Phelan.

The dodgy character was last seen after blackmailing Anna Windass in 2014, but he’ll back on’t cobbles in the coming weeks, as confirmed on the soap’s Twitter page.

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