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Sally Dynevor, 57, who plays Sally Webster, and Bill Roache, 88, who as Ken Barlow is the world’s longest serving
Others names allegedly set for at least another year on the cobbles include Michael Le Vell, 55, Simon Gregson, 46, and Sue Cleaver, 57, reports
Staying on: A host of Coronation Street’s most recognisable stars, including Bill Roache, have reportedly signed new contracts to stick with the soap past its upcoming 60th anniversary
A source said: ‘These are the lifeblood of the show and, frankly, it would not be Corrie without them.
‘Despite a difficult year, bosses were delighted when they agreed deals, keeping them on screen until at least 2021.
‘Between them, they have given nearly 200 years to the show.’
MailOnline has contacted a representative for Coronation Street and the stars.
Her role: Sally Dynevor, 57, who plays Sally Webster, is another name thought to have signed on to ‘until at least 2021’
It comes after Corrie treated viewers to a sneak peak of what to expect in their upcoming action-packed 60th Anniversary week, starting on December 7.
In a very dramatic trailer shared last Saturday, Yasmeen Metcalfe is seen taking the stand for a final time to learn her fate against abuser Geoff while passionate Ken Barlow leads the protest against Ray Crosby’s bulldozers to save the cobbles.
The anniversary week will see three storylines reach spectacular conclusions while also starting off new chains of events which will take the show into 2021 and beyond.
For months the nation has been gripped by the appalling abuse inflicted by Geoff Metcalfe (played by Ian Bartholomew) upon his wife Yasmeen (Shelley King).
Big name: Simon Gregson, 46, who plays character Steve McDonald, is also thought to have kept his position on the hit soap
Recognisable: A source said ‘these [actors] are the lifeblood of the show and, frankly, it would not be Corrie without them’ (pictured Simon Gregson as Steve and Sue Cleaver, 57, as Eileen Grimshaw)
Popular: Actress Sue Cleaver has been appearing in the soap as Eileen Grimshaw since 2000
With Yasmeen on remand charged with Geoff’s attempted murder, the anniversary week will see the end of her trial.
However it is yet to be revealed whether justice will be served or if the nightmare is only just beginning for Yasmeen and her granddaughter Alya (Sair Khan).
In the trailer, Yasmeen is seen holding her head in her hands before delicately rising to her feet while standing the the dock to learn her fate.
Geoff is also seen in the court room, sporting a black eye. He is also later spotted appearing to set fire to a bag of documents in another twist to the storyline.
At the centre of the drama is of course Coronation Street itself as the residents unite to save the cobbles from the wicked dealings of Ray Crosby (Mark Frost).
Staying put: Michael Le Vell, 55, pictured in character as Kevin Webster, is also thought to be sticking with Corrie after reportedly signing a new contract
Verdict: It comes after the dramatic teaser for Corrie’s 60th Anniversary week was shared, revealing Yasmeen Metcalfe (played by Shelley King) taking the stand to hear the verdict of her attempted murder trial
Having bought up most of the property in the area, Ray, 52, who was called ‘creepy’ by viewers after Monday’s show saw him manipulate Faye Windass, 18, into sleeping with him, is ready to flatten the lot to make way for his new development.
As the bulldozers arrive on the cobbles the race is on to save the street, with many of the community pitching tents in protest.
Ken Barlow (Bill Roache) leads the action and is seen passionately screaming at Ray, ‘this isn’t development it’s demolition’ and later ’round here we put people before profit’.
While elsewhere, Carla (Alison King) and Adam (Sam Robertson) battle to keep the secret of their illicit night together, knowing that if the truth comes out it will ruin their lives and those around them.
Another twist: Geoff is seen setting fire to what appears to be a bag of paperwork
Leading the fight: Passionate Ken (Bill Roache) is also seen shouting at bulldozers in the preview in an attempt to save the cobbles from development
Fighting for their home: Ken was seen arriving at the protest with two shopping bags
Nothing stays quiet for long in soaps, and as the week progresses the web of lies and deceit they’ve created threatens to destroy them with shocking consequences.
Speaking about the upcoming storyline actor Bill, who has been a fixture on the soap since the first ever episode six decades ago, said it was ‘something special’.
Bill was part of the original cast when the show first aired in 1960 and marked six decades with the show by being presented with a giant portrait of himself.
The painting was commissioned by ITV and the actor, who plays Ken Barlow in the soap, started sitting for it in February.
But the soap legend didn’t see the result until it was unveiled by his daughter Verity on Monday’s This Morning at his Cheshire home.
When the painting, covered in a large white sheet, was unveiled, Bill said: ‘Oh wow, stunning. It’s genius!’
Bill, who is the longest serving soap star in the world, went on to say that he would put the painting in a ‘big area in the stairwell’ so ‘every morning I’ll be faced with that’ when coming down the stairs.
The painting shows the soap legend clad in a stylish white blazer, shirt and chinos as he stares serenely into the distance.
The soap star said: ‘I’m so moved, I think it’s a wonderful gift. Thank you ITV and thank you Michael [ Koropisz- the painter].’
Celebrations: Bill, 88, celebrated 60 years on Coronation Street with a giant portrait of himself on Tuesday’s This Morning