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'Coronation Street': Katherine Kelly rules out Becky funeral return

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Katherine Kelly has ruled out a Coronation Street cameo as Becky McDonald when Hayley Cropper bows out later this year.

Viewers have recently seen Hayley diagnosed with stage two pancreatic cancer. The character is expected to lose her battle with the disease later this year, as actress Julie Hesmondhalgh exits the soap after 15 years.

Hayley hurts herself during an argument with Becky

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Despite Kelly's previous suggestion that she may return to the show if Becky's close friends Roy and Hayley were in trouble, the actress told The Sun's TV Magazine that a cameo is unlikely.

She said: "Unfortunately there's a really boring logistical problem. There's such a tight window between when Corrie film the episodes and when they broadcast them - and I'm shooting Mr Selfridge from now until November.

"So even though I've always said I'd love to pop back, I don't think that will be a possibility. Isn't that sad? It's a shame, because Becky would definitely have come back."

Katherine Kelly

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Julie Hesmondhalgh - The Coronation Street favourite is 42 on Saturday.

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Kelly also revealed that her role as Lady Mae in Mr Selfridge has allowed people to accept her as someone other than fan-favourite Becky.

She said: "When I took two months off last Christmas and went on holiday to Australia the air hostesses were like: 'Aw, Becky.'

"But when I came back after Mr Selfridge had been on, people were all: 'Hi, Lady Mae.' I was like: 'Yes!'" Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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