Coronation Street fans were left shocked and delighted over the weekend as Malcolm Hebden, the actor who played the iconic Norris Cole, made a surprise return to the cobbles. Despite retiring from acting and Norris being killed off, Hebden came back for a very special occasion – a big party celebrating Barbara Knox’s (who plays Rita Tanner) 90th birthday.
In pictures posted by the cast, Malcolm could be seen enjoying the festivities as Barbara gave a speech to the guests. This party is rumored to be featured in a special documentary about Barbara’s life on Coronation Street, set to air on October 13.
Malcolm Hebden retired from acting in 2021 after suffering a heart attack in 2017. Although he returned for small cameo appearances, his health ultimately forced him to step away from his beloved career. In the show, Norris had moved to a retirement home and made his final appearance in 2020, saying goodbye to the cobbles.
“It took a great deal of courage to make the decision to retire,” Malcolm said in a statement. “But I had come to realize that although the mind was willing, the body was not so much.” Corrie bosses promised that Norris would remain alive off-screen.
However, just months later, it was revealed that Norris had died doing what he loved – hiding in bushes and spying on his neighbors to get the gossip. Corrie boss Iain Macleod praised Malcolm Hebden’s portrayal of Norris, calling him an “all-time great character” whose witty and sarcastic comments will be remembered forever.
The surprise return of Malcolm Hebden to Coronation Street has left fans excited and eager to see what other surprises the soap has in store. While Norris may not be making a permanent comeback, his presence at Barbara Knox’s birthday party is a delightful reminder of the show’s rich history and beloved characters.
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