Star back to health.. and back on Street
Coronation Street star Malcolm Hebden will return to the show after recovering from a heart attack.
The 78- year- old was struck down last year by a “silent” heart attack and spent three weeks in an induced coma after being operated on.
But Hebden, who has played nosy shopkeeper Norris Cole for 25 years, visited Corrie’s ITV studios in Manchester two weeks ago to discuss his return.
One cast member said: “I was so pleasantly surprised to see him. It has been a long battle back to fitness but he looks better than I could have imagined.
“It’ll be great to have him back. The show has missed him and we’ve missed him.”
It is believed discussions took place with producers to ensure his return will be gradual and his involvement will take his health into consideration.
A source said: “Malcolm’s health is the most important thing and show bosses are very aware of that. They are really looking after him.”
The actor was treated at the Lancashire Cardiac Centre in December.
He was then transferred to Blackburn Royal Hospital for rehabilitation.
Speaking in July, he said: “Most of December I was in an induced coma, in the care of these brilliant, wonderful people at the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit.
“Fortunately, I didn’t realise how bad it was – I was dying. The cardiac team simply saved my life.”