Coronation Street celebrates 60 years by recreating iconic cast picture – complete with Hilda Ogden’s wonky duck


CORONATION Street is celebrating its 60th anniversary by recreating the iconic cast photo from the first episode – including Hilda Ogden’s legendary wonky duck.

The soap now has a cast of more than 75 meaning all of the actors couldn’t fit into the shot.

The seven longest serving and the seven newest joined together for the photo

All the stars in the portrait were photographed separately, to adhere to safety guidelines in the pandemic.

Previous photography to celebrate the show’s milestones has featured all the cast, including the black and white shot to launch the soap’s debut episode.

This year, because large gatherings are not possible, soap bosses decided to photograph the first seven of the current cast to join Corrie, alongside the most recent seven actors to have appeared on screen as a regular cast member.

Th actors were photographed individually in a studio, over a fortnight, and then edited to give the impression of being together.

Character Hilda Ogden’s decorative ducks were added to the image, “complete with wonky middle one” in a “nod to the show’s history”.

The original cast shot featuring Bille Roache in the bottom row

The picture features William Roache (Ken Barlow), Barbara Knox (Rita Tanner) and Helen Worth (Gail Platt).

Audrey Roberts star Sue Nicholls and Michael Le Vell (Kevin Webster) also appear.

Also pictured are Sally Ann Matthews (Jenny Connor), Sally Dynevor (Sally Metcalfe) and Ryan Russell (Michael Bailey).

Lorna Laidlaw (Aggie Bailey), Jane Hazlegrove (Bernie Winter), Mollie Gallagher (Nina Lucas) and Adam Hussain (Aadi Alahan) apear too.

The most recent additions to the cast – Tony Maudsley (George Shuttleworth) and Gareth Pierce (Todd Grimshaw) complete the picture.

The soap will celebrate its 60th anniversary next month with a week of explosive episodes that will see the cobbles themselves threatened.

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