Today's Soap Round-Up: Sunday 16th October - A Coronation Street Special

With all the X Factor hype and the tributes flooding in for Corrie legend Betty Driver, it's hard to keep up with all the latest soap news so just for you, we've combined three big soap stories into one article just for you. Oh we're too nice! Enjoy!

First up, Michael Le Vell better known as The Street's resident mechanic Kevin Webster has split from his wife of 25 years, Janette Beverly. It's understood that the couple had already split up before the star was arrested on suspicion of child abuse earlier this month.

A show source told The Sun: "It's very sad, but they are estranged and have been for a while. This police investigation comes on top of everything else. It's been the worst time of Michael's life," a source told The Sun.

They added: ''It's been a terribly stressful time for both of them. Michael has always been brilliant as a husband and dad and has never courted the celebrity lifestyle. The fact that his marriage is on the rocks has come as a complete shock. Right now his mind is all over the place. He has co-operated fully with the police and will continue to do so until his innocence is proved. It's been the worst time of his life - but everything is out of his hands at the moment."

Meanwhile in the actual soap, the latest twist in the Becky/Steve/Tracy triangle is set to get interesting as actor Jeremy Sheffield joins the soap as Danny Stratton who meets Becky later this year as the build-up to her exit early this year continues.

Becky, played by Katherine Kelly will catch Danny's eye just as she tries to move on from her failed marriage to Steve Mc Donald (Simon Gregson). Producer Phil Collinson told ''I'm delighted to be welcoming Jeremy to the cast. Danny will be integral to the unmissable final chapter of the Steve/Becky/Tracy love triangle.''

Finally, actress Helen Flanagan who plays Rosie Webster is set to leave the show later this year. Flanagan who has played the role of the minxy Weatherfield resident for 11 years will film her final scenes in December before Rosie departs our screens in Febuary of next year.

Despite reports this week, Helen's decision to leave isn't due to apparent panic attacks as she told the Sunday Mirror: ''I have played Rosie for more than half my life and I feel the time has come for me to move on and try something new. I am very excited about what the future might hold for me.''

She added: ''I have loved playing Rosie and during my time growing up on Corrie, I have made some amazing friends and learnt an awful lot." A source told the paper: ''Helen will probably take a break from acting. She can't wait to spend time with Scott [Sinclair, Helen's footballer boyfriend] and take their relationship to the next level. She may return one day but it's the last thing on her mind now."


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