Nick Tilsley actor Ben Price spotted with Corrie pals ahead of Weatherfield return

Star expected back on TV screens in the autumn

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Coronation Street star Ben Price looks to be settled back into filming for the ITV soap after enjoying a night out with co-stars ahead of a rumoured return to TV screens in October.

The 46-year-old actor was snapped eating out with Jack P Shepherd (telly brother David Platt), Colson Smith (Craig Tinker), Alan Halsall (Tyrone Dobbs) and a couple of pals for Colson’s 20th birthday in a pic shared on Instagram by all three of Ben’s Corrie colleagues.

“That night your insides hurt from laughing so much, and have a massive headache, great food, great company as always,” commented Jack.

Alan added: “Back of my head is still sore through laughing so much.”

Read more: Coronation Street SPOILER: Nick Tilsley to reunite with Carla Connor?

And it seems like Ben’s character Nick Tilsley will be right back into the thick of the Weatherfield action when he is seen by fans again for the first time in over a year, wading into a possible reunion between his ex Carla Connor and Peter Barlow.

Carla and Peter have been growing closer together again recently, following the breakdown of his relationship with Toyah and her ongoing struggles in trying to buy back Underworld from Alya Nazir.

And with Peter stepping in to help Carla with the cash she needs to secure the factory, it is clear there is a strong connection between the exes – even though she remains reluctant to pick up where they disastrously left off five years ago after he had an affair with Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan).

But Nick’s return should complicate matters even further.

Nick was the love of Carla’s life (Credit: ITV)

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In a recent chat with, actress Alison King said she hoped Nick’s return would have an impact on the dynamic between Peter and Carla.

She said: “Nick was the love of her life and he was the calm one, he is the calm grown up, the one that would have been good for her and then there is Peter who couldn’t be more different.

“There is a lot there to be explored.”

Ben was last seen on the cobbles in June 2017 after Nick survived a near-death quicksand experience – where he was actually saved by love rival Peter.

An emotional goodbye with mum Gail left viewers in tears, before Nick got into his car and drove off, passing a shocked Leanne Battersby on his way.

In the months before his exit, Nick had become increasingly jealous as Leanne began to bond with Steve McDonald, the father of her baby Oliver.

The former owner of The Bistro had been married to her twice, as well as Carla.

– Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV

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Robert Leigh
Freelance writer

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