Corrie's Kym Marsh set for new contract

'Coronation Street' star Kym Marsh is said to have agreed to a new deal with the soap as she extends her contract and gets a pay rise in return for committing herself to the show for another year

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Kym Marsh

'Coronation Street' star Kym Marsh has been given a contract extension and pay rise.

The 37-year-old actress - who plays Michelle Connor in the soap - has been offered a new deal, which is said to include promises of dramatic storylines over the coming months.

An insider told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "Kym is at the very centre of the show and there was no question that we would want to sign her up for another year.

"The scriptwriters are planning fantastic storylines for her later this year."

Kym's decision to stay gives the soap a boost as they prepare for the impending departures of Michelle Keegan, Sue Johnston, Chris Gascoyne, Charlie Condou and Phillip Lowrie.

Meanwhile, Bill Roache - who was recently cleared of historic sex assault and rape charges - has had an emotional return to the cobbled set of the show.

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror newspaper, a source said: "There was a big fanfare when he arrived, and a huge sense of relief that the court case is over.

"He has been sorely missed. He was quite overwhelmed."

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