Coronation Street icon says it was a ‘long wait’ before return to cobbles

A teenage Coronation Street icon has opened up on his "long wait" after making his official return to Weatherfield.

Youngster Liam McCheyne first returned to the cobbles last year as Sean Tully's son, Dylan Wilson – two years on from his brief introduction to the ITV soap.

But after a period of absence, character Dylan, who is also the son of Underworld machinist Sean's friend, Violet, headed to the Street from his mum's home in London to spend time with his dad in the summer.

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But after spending quality time in his new surroundings and making new friends playing football, the teenager admitted to his dad that he wanted to stay.

Although Liam hadn't been seen in months owing to his own GCSE commitments, fans can be reassured that Dylan is very much a part of the show's plans.

Addressing his absence on social media, Liam explained in May: "Well, well, well…. After five years in high school, it all comes down to tomorrow. First day of GCSEs tomorrow. The beginning of the end. Will be a little quiet across all socials over the next few weeks, but I'll try my best."

And on the completion of his exams, he teased: "GCSEs finally completed today. Hard work early mornings and late nights all worthwhile (hopefully). In for the best summer ever… watch this space."

His co-star Tony Maudsley was ready to celebrate, replying to the post: "Last day of exams?? WOOHOOO!!! We are ready for your close up, Mr McCheyne!! See ya soon."

Now, with his exams out of the way, Liam is set for a big storyline after marking his return to the Street again last night (September 11).

The episode also saw the introduction of the Street's new bad boy, Mason, who takes Dylan under his wing. And viewers will be left wondering how much of an influence the no-gooder will have on his new "pal".

Speaking prior to his return, Liam told MEN: "It was a long wait, but it was worth the wait. It’s been great to be back."

The 16-year old was originally cast as Dylan alongside his twin brother, Connor.

"We were three years old and it was a total fluke way to get it," Liam revealed. "My neighbour across the road was on work experience for a local agency and she asked my mum if we would want to go and do an audition for her. She said even if we didn’t get it, it would help her with her work experience.

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"My mum, dad and even nursery teachers all thought we would be too shy to do it. When we got here, and were in the casting, as soon as the cameras were on, we were like totally different children with our confidence and were laughing away."

"Antony [Cotton] had always been in touch while I was off so when it was rumoured that Dylan was going to come back, Antony called to let us know. Connor doesn’t act anymore, he is focusing on sports now.

"The thing I love about Coronation Street is, and it sounds very cliche, but it really is like a family," he said before adding: "I’m grateful to be a part of it."

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