(This post was originally posted by Sunny Jim on the Coronation Street Blog in May 2012.)
Let's look back at some of the recastings that have taken place on Coronation Street over the years.
As far as I know Blanche Hunt has been the only character recast in such sad circumstances. At the opposite end of the scale, Gordon Clegg was recast due to the great success of the original actor, Bill Kenwright, in other projects. Although he was only a permanent cast member for a couple of years, he would return occasionally to see his mother, Betty. Away from Coronation Street Bill's career as a theatre impressario and chairman of Everton FC made it difficult for him to return at the whim of Corrie storylines and so in 2002 the role was taken by Geoffrey Leesley, who had played John Harrison in Brookside, for his occasional appearances. When Betty Williams sadly died, Bill Kenwright reprised his role as our Gordon and returned to sort out her effects.
Recasting has occured most often with child actors. As they generally don't take much of an active part in filming for a few years after their birth, the role can be recast several times without any major problem. The part of Peter Barlow has been played by 7 different actors over the years as his character has drfited in and out of the story but now that the character has reached maturity it would seem strange to see him played by anyone other than Chris Gascoyne.
Rosie and Sophie Webster, Susan, Adam and Amy Barlow, Sarah-Louise Platt and her brother David and the Peacock children have all been played by different actors over the years.
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