Nor­ris vows to Cor­rie on

Street favourite, 78, will re­turn next year de­spite heart at­tack

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - EX­CLU­SIVE BY HALINA WATTS Show­biz Ed­i­tor [email protected]­

CORO­NA­TION Street favourite Nor­ris Cole is to re­turn to the cob­bles af­ter ac­tor Mal­colm Heb­den’s re­cov­ery from a heart at­tack that nearly killed him.

The 78-year-old has been out of the soap for nearly a year – and fans feared he would never come back.

Nor­ris was last seen on the show in De­cem­ber, be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing to Peru to visit old friend Emily Bishop.

But Mal­colm, who has played the bumbling busy­body for 24 years, vis­ited Cor­rie’s ITV stu­dios in Manchester two weeks ago to dis­cuss a grad­ual re­turn next year. 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. He looks re­ally well, it is go­ing to be great to have him back. “The show has missed him. We’ve missed him.” Mal­colm was in the Lan­cashire Car­diac

Cen­tre and Black­burn Royal Hospi­tal

for three

BUMBLING Com­edy leg­end Nor­ris months, in­clud­ing three weeks in an in­duced coma. In July, he praised the NHS for sav­ing him, ad­ding: “Peo­ple are ask­ing if I’m re­turn­ing to the Street. “I may do, I may not, it de­pends on my re­cov­ery.” A Cor­rie spokesman said: “Ev­ery­one was de­lighted to see Mal­colm and are look­ing for­ward to his re­turn next year.”

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