Coronation Street fans 'work out' emotional death twist for legendary character

Emily on Corrie
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Coronation Street enthusiasts are worried that a tragic twist might be on the horizon for soap icon Emily Bishop.

Emily, portrayed by Eileen Derbyshire, first graced Corrie in 1961. As a cherished resident of Weatherfield, Emily quickly became a fan favourite and a mainstay of the soap.

Moreover, Eileen didn't bid farewell until 2016 - making her one of the longest-serving stars in UK soap history. Only Bill Roache, who has played Ken Barlow since the inaugural episode in 1960, has outlasted her.

The actress departed the show due to personal circumstances, and it was uncertain at the time whether this was a permanent exit. Emily's departure was explained as a journey to Peru to visit a relative.

It was later disclosed that Emily is now residing in Edinburgh. Fans were overjoyed when she made a surprise appearance in a 2019 episode of the ITV soap, reports the Express.

Emily featured as her close friend Ken Barlow (William Roache) marked his 80th birthday at the Rovers Return, surrounded by loved ones. She wasn't there in person to join the celebration but had recorded a video message for her old mate.

At the time, insiders suggested that Corrie bosses were eager to bring the actress back to the cobbles. However, fans are now apprehensive that the character could meet a tragic end in a shocking twist, as they believe she is "clearly not returning."

In a Corrie fan forum, one viewer pondered: "Is it time she was killed off as she is clearly not returning to the show? Time for Emily to have a proper send-off deserving for a long-serving character."

One enthusiast penned: "I would like Emily to return and give her an onscreen death."

Another fan suggested: "She's such an iconic character someone on the Street should get some notice about it.."

A fellow viewer chimed in confidently, adding: "I don't think there is a chance Eileen Derbyshire will return again."

Finally, a fourth Corrie addict replied: "They still have the power to kill her off-screen and give her an on-screen funeral. But I guess after all this time there isn't really much point."