Coronation Street fans baffled by Summer Spellman’s return as they claim ‘there’s no way’ new actress looks 16

Coronation Street fans baffled by Summer Spellman’s return as they claim ‘there’s no way’ new actress looks 16

CORONATION Street fans are baffled by Summer Spellman’s return as they claim ‘there’s no way’ new actress looks 16.

The schoolgirl has not been seen for a while on screen despite the return of her legal guardian Todd Grimshaw (Gareth Pierce).

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After spending some time at her grandmother's, Summer has returned to Weatherfield and is now played by new actress Harriet Bibby.

The teenage character was recast after Matilda Freeman departed from the role earlier this year to pursue other projects. 

Viewers will remember that Billy and Todd became the legal guardians of Summer – the daughter of Billy’s late ex Drew – in 2016.

Todd then walked out on them shortly after in 2017 and went on the run after assaulting a police officer, but failed to update his loved-ones on his whereabouts and let them think he was dead.


When Todd departed from the cobbles, he and Billy were in the middle of a custody battle with Summer’s biological grandmother, and Summer has resented Todd ever since.

Speaking about her new role, Harriet said: "I am so thrilled to be joining the cast of Coronation Street.

"My family have watched the show for years and I already feel part of the family.

"Matilda has wished me good luck, which was lovely! I'm looking forward to bringing Summer's sass and sparkle to the screen."

After Summer's first appearance on-screen since August, fans flooded Twitter with comments on the character being recast, who they believe has a very different look from the previous actress.

One wrote: "How olds Summer supposed to be, as the new Summer is actually 22."

A second said: "Summer has a new head, and she's aged!"

While another added: "How long has Summer been away from the cobbles? She’s come back 3 years older with a head, body and personality transplant."

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