Coronation Street confirms Nathan Curtis' return in first look as star 'emotional'

Nathan Curtis is back in Coronation Street
Nathan Curtis is back in Coronation Street -Credit:ITV

Coronation Street has officially confirmed the return of Nathan Curtis as the case of Lauren Bolton's disappearance takes a fresh twist. It's been rumoured the character, who groomed Bethany Platt as part of a sex trafficking scheme before being imprisoned in 2017, would be returning in recent weeks.

Now it's been confirmed by the ITV soap that Chris Harper will reprise the role with Bethany's evil attacker making a return to Weatherfield in upcoming scenes.

It's Bethany, played by Lucy Fallon, who first spots him at the reconstruction of Lauren’s last known movements and her mind is thrown into overdrive. Having initially thought Nathan, being reprised by Nathan Curtis, was behind bars, she discovers he was released from prison some time ago and is working on a building site nearby.

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Knowing his history, and his appetite for young girls, Bethany soon hits on the idea that Nathan could be behind Lauren’s suspected murder. As Bethany throws all her eggs into Nathan’s basket she’s forced to confront her abuser once more as she determines to bring Lauren’s attacker to justice.

But has she got the right man? With Roy behind bars awaiting trial for murder and Nathan keen to make out he’s a changed character since his time in prison, is the real predator still at large? Or has Nathan, the master manipulator, returned to his old ways?

On being asked to return to the show, Chris has said: "I was emotional when I was told about Nathan's potential return. During the 18 months he was in it before, hundreds of people shared with me how the storyline reflected something they, or someone they loved, had lived through. It remains important to keep them in mind as we continue Bethany's story."

Chris Harper is reprising the role -Credit:ITV
Chris Harper is reprising the role -Credit:ITV

"Once again, I am grateful for the ongoing support of Barnardo's, NSPCC, S.H.E.UK, and all the people who trusted me last time. We have another chance to raise an issue that affects so many lives, so often shrouded in shame.”

On the character of Nathan, Chris revealed: "I do love playing Nathan though. He is funny, deceitful, slippery, manipulative and ruthless. Now he is also under a lot of pressure too. This new storyline is absolutely full of twists. It really is good to be back on the hallowed cobbles. So much has happened since we saw Nathan sent to prison, but Coronation Street is a constant. I feel like the cast, crew and the whole team are old friends."