Coronation Street's Liz McDonald will be reunited with lover Mike Thornberry as actor Louis Emerick is confirmed to return at Christmas

Former Brookside actor Louis Emerick appeared on the cobbles for three months earlier this year when he made his debut as Mike Thornberry.

He's now reportedly been rehired by new Corrie boss Iain MacLeod who wants him back for a major storyline.

Confirming his comeback, a spokesperson told the Liverpool ECHO newspaper: "He is back on screen for a few episodes around Christmas time."

A TV source previously said: "Producer Iain MacLeod felt that Louis's character had more to give and wants to involve him in a major storyline.

"Producers want to test the water and see if he could be a more permanent fixture."

As well as striking up a brief romance with Mike, Liz was also recently romantically involved with new Rovers Return landlord Johnny Connor (Richard Hawley) – and Mike is set to divulge the pair's infidelity in front of the former factory boss' new punters.

The insider added: "His character Mike will reveal the extent of Liz's affair with married Johnny Connor in the Rovers Return to a room-full of shocked locals."

News of Louis' return will not come as too much of a surprise to die-hard 'Corrie' fans, after he previously dropped a huge hint he might reprise his role at some point.

In response to a fan who appeared to be blaming Corrie's former series producer Kate Oates for his short stint on the show, Louis replied: "to be fair to #KateOates I knew the deal when I joined,and hey, the door will be left open, #MikeThornberry ain't ready to give up on Liz yet x"

He also tweeted another fan: "i was only on a 3month contract!"

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