Star of Coronation Street Helen Flanagan made a significant impact on the square before leaving in 2012, having joined the cast of the ITV soap opera as Rosie Webster at the age of nine in 1990.
The 12-year Rosie Webster character on Coronation Street, Helen Flanagan, talked candidly about her thoughts on going back to Weatherfield. Helen spoke with ITV host Ranvir Singh on Lorraine Kelly about her experience as a mother, her career in theater, and Coronation Street.
She moved out of Weatherfield in 2012 to participate in a reality TV series in London, leaving her partner Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas) and family behind. Before being fired by her agency, she worked in Miami and resided in London for a few years.
She was returned to Weatherfield in 2017 by Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent), where she obtained employment as a PA at Barlow Legal Services.
She assisted in the 2018 sentencing of her former agent, Jay Rincon’s Antoine Reese, for using models as drug mules. She then left Weatherfield once more, accepting an offer to work as an assistant on a Japanese television game show.
Regarding her removal from the pavement, Ranvir inquired: “Rosie, your character on Coronation Street, isn’t she currently in Japan?
“And that is presumably done on purpose so that if ever Helen Flanagan picked up the phone and said ‘I am back’, do you think there is space for you?”
“Oh, yes, I would really love to return to Coronation Street, but I feel like when you are in a show, I wouldn’t want to let anyone down,” Helen clarified.
It is a huge commitment, and I kind of feel like my two little kids come first in my mind.
“I could do a theatre tour for six months, maybe to a year because I know I can do that amount of time but if I do a contract for three years can I do that?”
Helen has previously stated that if given the opportunity and the timing was right, she would always return to the soap.
She stated to OK! magazine in the previous year that she would one day love to return to Coronation Street. I believe it’s evident that everything I do professionally revolves around the children.”Thus, yes, perhaps when Charlie gets a little older.
However, I believe that Charlie is my last child, unless I have another one when I’m much older, while he’s still young.
Thus, I truly want to savor that newborn phase. I would hate to be left out.