Cherylee Houston 'to make first Coronation Street appearance in 10 months'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 April 2021
Cherylee Houston

Cherylee Houston

'Coronation Street' actress Cherylee Houston is set to make her first appearance for 10 months as her character Izzy Armstrong is set to return via video call

Cherylee Houston is set to return to 'Coronation Street' for the first time in 10 months.

The 46-year-old actress – who was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome when she was 23 – has been shielding due to the rare connective tissue disorder, which makes her vulnerable to the effects of coronavirus, but she is expected to reprise her role as Izzy Armstrong for special a one-off appearance.

According to Digital Spy, Izzy will appear via a video call and reveal to her pals she has been shielding in Weatherfield.

Cherylee, who hasn't been seen on 'Corrie' since June 2020, said in February she wouldn't be back on the soap "for a little while".

Asked when she would be returning to the show, she tweeted: "A little while yet Im afraid... (sic)"

But Cherylee reassured concerned viewers that they haven't seen the last of Izzy on the ITV soap.

Asked if she'd be returning, she replied: "Oh yes".

The soap celebrated its 60th anniversary in December, and Cherylee thanked the show for being a "household influence" during her younger years.

She tweeted: "Happy Birthday to the wonderful @itvcorrie Thank you for being our household influence when  growing up (you couldn’t talk when Corrie was on), then being the job that gave me such wonderful creativity and friendships. (sic)"

The star has previously spoken about the "battles" she faces against people's "lower expectations" of her, and her daily struggles to access buildings without people's help.

Cherylee – who has been in a wheelchair since she was 23 – said: "Weirdly, if I'm honest, people have lower expectations of us.

"And we sort of don't matter as much. And that's heart-breaking.

"That's not society's fault, but it is society's fault.

"Because we were locked up in the 80s, we had no rights to transport in the 90s and no rights to education in the 00s.

"There's a whole generation now coming in and going, 'Actually, why aren't you in the room with us?'

"I'm so used to being told 'no' to, but I don't want the next generation to go through this. That's not fair.

"I'm strong, I'm tough. But if this is knocking me, what is it doing to other people?

"As well as those battles, pain and all those dislocations, I'm having to battle people's opinions of me, their lower expectations of me, I'm having to battle the fact they won't even help me get in the building." 

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