Whilst Coronation Street fans count down the days until Lloyd Mullaney is back on our screens, the actor who plays him, Craig Charles, has confirmed that this time his character is back for the long haul.
Since first appearing on our screens in 2005, Lloyd has gone from a leading character to a part-time returning one, due to a number of reasons, but Charles insists to fans that is no longer the case.
Viewers last saw Charles playing the role earlier this year when he left Weatherfield for good after making a rejected move on Rovers landlady, Stella (Michelle Collins) after his emotional break-up with girlfriend Cheryl.
In reality, Holly Quinn-Ankrah, who played Cheryl, had been axed from the show, and her exit was used to ease Charles out of filming for what was meant to be a few months so that he could film a new series of the show that launched his career back in the 80’s, Red Dwarf.
However, producers found no natural way for him to return after filming and so extended his break to 6 months, with Charles returning to filming within the last few weeks.
Due to return to our screens next month, Charles, who had previously had breaks fromt he show due to a suspension for drug usage, explained to Soaplife magazine how he hopes that this time his character is set to remain on the cobbles of Weatherfield for the foreseeable future.
“I don’t want to leave – I’ve just signed another extension. I had a three-year deal with options and I’ve just picked up my options. I’m going to be able to explore different sides to Lloyd’s character.”
The storyline with which Lloyd is due to make his return will see him going head to head with former best friend, Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson) as he sets up a rival cab firm on the Street. We reported a few weeks back how the pair were spotted filming comical chasing scenes during the Bessie Street sports day (read original article here) as the pair continue to clash heads.
Charles explains his characters decision to go into competition with McDonald: “He invested in a land deal in Jamaica with a family member, but it went belly up. So he’s come back to Manchester and is working for a dodgy old cab firm and one day his engine blows up. When the smoke clears, Steve is standing there and they start chatting.
“Steve offers Lloyd a job back at Streetcars – but Lloyd gets the idea he’s inviting him back as a partner.”
When Lloyd realises that he has only been asked back as a driver he is far from happy, as Charles explains:
“He’s not happy. He says they have unfinished business and storms off and sleeps on Eileen’s sofa for a couple of nights.”
Watch Craig talking about his Coronation Street role in a Loose Women interview in the clip below:
Coronation Street can be seen Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings on ITV1/ITV1 HD.