60 famous faces who've appeared in Coronation Street

Coronation Street has been home to some of Britain’s biggest actors.

However, in addition to its own cast, the ITV serial drama has also featured a number of famous faces over the years.

From Derek Jacobi to Joanna Lumley, a host of A-list stars have appeared on the cobbles over the past 60 decades.

The long-running soap celebrates its 60th anniversary this week, and we thought it only fitting to reflect on it’s time on air.

Therefore, here’s a list of all the famous faces that have popped up in Weatherfield.

60 Famous Faces who appeared in Coronation Street

Andrew Sachs played Norris’ brother Ramsay for 27 episodes in 2009

Tony Booth appeared in 2 episodes in 1960, another 2 in 1987

Anna Friel was in 2 episodes in 1991 before her stint in Brookside

Ben Kingsley the Oscar winner played Ron Jenkins in 1966

Bernard Cribbins played Blanche’s friend Wally Bannister in 2003

Bernard Manning the comedian played himself in an episode in 1971

Bill Kenwright has played Betty’s son Gordon Clegg since 1967

Bill Owen the Last of the Summer Wine star appeared in 1971

Brenda Fricker the Oscar winner played a nurse in 1977 for 4 episodes

Cliff Richard the pop legend appeared in the Rovers in 1997

Davey Jones from The Monkees played Colin Lomax in 1961

Derek Jacobi the Last Tango in Halifax actor was seen in the Rovers in 2012

Gabrielle Drake first appeared in 1967, returned for 2 episodes in 2009

Geoffrey Palmer the British sitcom actor appeared in 1968

Gordon Kaye played Elsie’s nephew Bernard for 38 episodes in 1969

Honor Blackman played Rula Romanoff for 5 episodes in 2004

Sir Ian McKellen stage and screen star played Mel Hutchwright in 2005

James Fleet involved in a siege at the Rovers in 2010 as Robbie Sloane

Jim Moir played Colin Callen in 2017 who tried to buy The Kabin

Joan Collins appeared as herself in the 1997 special Viva Las Vegas

Joanna Lumley played Ken’s girlfriend Elaine Perkins in 1973

Joanne Whalley-Kilmer appeared in 3 episodes in 1974 and 1976

John Thomson did a stint as children’s entertainer Jesse Chadwick in 2008

June Whitfield played Blanche’s friend May Penn in 2010

Kathy Staff played Vera Hopkins in 1973 after 3 previous small roles

Kenneth Cope a long stint as Jed Stone in the 60’s, then again in 2008

Kevin Whately played lorry driver Kevin for 2 episodes in 1981

Les Dennis his character Michael Rodwell became Gail’s 5th husband in 2015

Linus Roache a young Peter Barlow in 70’s, Ken’s son Lawrence in 2010 

Lorraine Kelly had a cameo in 2019 where she was on holiday as the Platts 

Lynda La Plante the crime writer appeared in 2 episodes in 1965

Martin Shaw played Robert Croft for 5 episodes in 1967

Max Wall the comedian appeared in an episode in 1978

Maxine Peake appeared in 1 episode in 1999 as Belinda Peach

Mel B the Spice Girl did a stint on the checkouts at Bettabuys in 1993

Michael Ball the musical theatre star appeared in 2 episodes in 1985

Mollie Sugden played Nellie Harvey for 16 episodes from 1965

Nigel Havers played escort Lewis Archer from 2009

Noddy Holder the Slade star appeared in the live episode in 2000

Norman Wisdom the comedian appeared in 1 episode in 2004

Paddy McGuiness played Dougie Ryan in 2015

Patricia Routledge played Sylvia Snape for 4 episodes in 1961

Patrick Stewart of Star Trek and X-Men fame appeared in 1967

Pete Postlethwaite acclaimed British actor played a detective in 1981 

Peter Kay appeared in 1997, played Shelley’s date Eric Gartside in 2004

Peter Schmeichel the goalkeeper was seen in the Rovers in 1999

Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor the darts star played Disco Dave in 2009

HRH Prince Charles graced the screen as himself in 2000

Prunella Scales the Faulty Towers star played Eileen Hughes in 1961

Richard Beckinsale played a PC who arrested Ena Sharples in 1967

Rula Lenska played Claudia a friend of Audrey’s since 2009

Robert Vaughan the Man from U.N.C.L.E star played Milton Fanshaw in 2012

Roy Hudd appeared as undertaker Archie Shuttleworth from 2002

Status Quo the rock group played at Les Battersby’s wedding in 2005

Stephanie Beacham played Ken’s actress girlfriend Martha in 2009

Sue Johnston The Royale Family star played Gloria Price in the Rovers in 2012

Tim Healy seen in 1976 before playing Brian Tully Sean’s dad in 2006

Timothy West CBE British stage and screen actor played Eric Babbage in 2013

Tony Slattery played bookie Eric in 2005

Sir Trevor McDonald the newsreader appeared in the 40th anniversary episode

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