(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog May 2012, reposted to this blog with permission.)
There's a great deal of love out there online for Mikey North who plays Gary Windass on Coronation Street. And rightly so. Gary is one of the most complex characters we've had on Corrie for a very long time and Mikey North is a cracking actor too. Corrie obviously think the same otherwise they'd never have given him his own online spin-off in Gary's Army Diaries.
So why's he not been on Corrie for ages? He popped up in the Terrible Terry storyline, shifting stuff at the lapdancing club and then he's gone again.
Over at the Mikey North online fans source, Mikey and Gary fan Tom Head has written in to us here at the Coronation Street Blog to say that his favourite character and actor have been missing from Corrie for far too long - and I can only agree.
Tom says back in March he wrote to Mikey North and a few weeks later he received a letter from ITV PLC in Manchester. Tom tells us: "I didn’t have a clue what it was and found out Mikey had personally written back thanking me for all I had done and he said, 'I hope to be back on your screens full time from June.'
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