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    Coronation Street returnee Ryan Connor remains at the forefront of Weatherfield's biggest dramas in the coming days as he causes yet more anxiety for Michelle.

    As reported at the weekend, Ryan breaks into Underworld to steal cash this Sunday (September 2) - but his plan goes horribly wrong when Rob Donovan (Marc Baylis) arrives and goes on the attack - failing to realise who the burglar is.

    Following a trip to the hospital, Ryan vows to get back on the straight and narrow at last - but he soon manages to cause a stir once again by striking up an unlikely romance with Tracy Barlow!

    Digital Spy recently caught up with Sol Heras, who plays Ryan, to hear more about what's ahead for his troubled character in the next few weeks.

    Why does Ryan resort to the desperate measure of stealing from the factory?
    "I think it's because Ryan's at a bit of a loose end in life. Obviously he's got a problem with drugs at the moment, so he needs money to feed that habit whenever he can. For Ryan, I think drugs are a form of escapism - he just wants to get away from his mundane life.

    "Ryan hasn't got much money himself and everyone seems to be against him, so this is his last resort. He knows there's money at Underworld, he knows that he can get it - and he's willing to take it."

    Doesn't Ryan feel guilty about stealing from Michelle's place of work?
    "It's similar to when he faked the injury at the factory not so long ago - he thinks that it's all covered by insurance, so they'll be able to recoup the money as long as he's not caught. For that reason, he doesn't really feel too guilty, because he doesn't think it will directly affect the relationship he has with his family.

    "Ryan has no idea that Rob will catch him red-handed - that's not his intention! He assumes that he'll get away with it and he'll be fine."

    Did the scene where Rob hits Ryan over the head take much preparation to make sure you weren't hurt?
    "Well, they've obviously got all of the professionals to work their way around it, while making sure that it still looks as realistic as possible. There were pads for the head so that Marc could strike me, and they also had practice for Marc beforehand. So that was all taken care of very well!"

    At the hospital, Ryan threatens to report Rob for GBH! Is this a serious threat, or is he just bluffing?
    "I think that's just Ryan being an idiot, like he's been ever since he returned! Ryan has been caught in the act, but with the way his mindset is at the moment, the first thing he thinks of is to go on the offensive and pass the blame.

    "Ryan does say that he wants to talk to the police and threatens Rob with a GBH charge. This is just the way he is at the moment, but he doesn't really want to follow through with charges. He knows in his own mind that he is totally to blame, so trying to get Rob in trouble for it just wouldn't work!"

    Is Ryan becoming addicted to the drugs?
    "Ryan has gone away to university and picked up this little habit - he's used it as a social thing and it's helped his confidence. Now that he's been kicked out of university, he's carrying on with it as it's the lifestyle that he's used to. He's not necessarily an addict, he's just a nave, stupid boy at the moment."

    Ryan seems ready to change his ways following the factory incident, but should we really believe him?
    "After everything that's happened with the break-in and getting caught, I think there's a part of Ryan that genuinely means it. But I think there's always a chance that he'll slip back into his old ways at some point! I don't think he's 100% apologetic for what he's done - he's just saying what people want to hear at the moment."

    Is that why Ryan gets a job at the kebab shop?
    "Yeah, it's a way for him to carry on making money, but also to keep Michelle and Steve both happy. So he's got a job, it's easy enough and he's got a bit of cash coming in now."

    How does Ryan feel when Tracy Barlow becomes his new co-worker?
    "Well, Tracy Barlow is the Weatherfield psycho! But I think he puts that aside and sees her as an older woman who's very attractive. She's also got a bit of a bad track record, so I think Ryan sees her as a bit of a comrade in his destruction of his home town!

    "The flirtatious aspect of their relationship encourages him to become friends with Tracy and see what happens. He's just out to see what he can get!"

    Who does the chasing as the relationship blossoms?
    "It's definitely Tracy who's going to be doing the chasing, and Ryan's a bit like a fish in a barrel - but he doesn't realise that! He's up for a good time, and that's what he sees it as - he doesn't see any ulterior motives for why she's doing it. He also knows that it's going to annoy his mum, and that's fun for him as well."

    Could Tracy be a bad influence on Ryan?
    "Well, she's not looking for anything solid - she just wants to annoy Michelle and Steve. I don't think she's looking to make Ryan worse than he is, but she does want to manipulate him to get what she wants."

    We've seen a few scenes recently where Michelle has been screaming at Ryan. Is it the same when she finds out about his new romance?
    "Michelle can see what Tracy is up to, and for that reason, she's got more of an issue now with Tracy and what she might be planning. So her main problem is with Tracy, rather than Ryan!"

    How have you found working with Kate Ford, who plays Tracy, on the storyline?
    "With every single day and every single scene we have, there's never a dull moment with Kate! She is an absolutely brilliant person, she's absolutely lovely and wouldn't hurt a fly. But she's also quite a kooky girl who keeps things fun, so that really helps to make sure there's a great atmosphere on set."

    What was your reaction when you found out that Ryan would date an older woman? Were you excited or slightly apprehensive?
    "I think you're always a bit apprehensive when it comes to new relationship scenes, but the most awkward time is always just when the rehearsal starts and you do the first kiss.

    "You wonder if it's going to be awkward, but literally the second after you finish the first rehearsal, it's fine and you can sit there and laugh about it."

    We've heard that you've been filming some scenes with the wider Barlow family - Anne Kirkbride and Bill Roache. How have you found working with such established cast members?
    "Yeah, there are some scenes coming up with me at the Barlow house. Just to be in the same room as Ken and Deirdre, who I've watched all of my life on the show, is incredible. It took me a couple of scenes to relax into it, but you have to calm yourself down and forget about that, so that you can get on with the scene."

    You've been on screen for a month and a half now. Are you getting recognised quite a bit when you're out and about, or is it still early days?
    "It depends where you go, really. If you go to certain places like into the city centre on a busy Friday night, all it takes is for one person to recognise you and then spread that they've seen someone from Corrie! That obviously encourages others to come and spot you as well, but I don't really go into city centres at night very often, so it hasn't been too bad."

    Obviously Ryan is a very troubled character, but are there any ways you can relate to him, or any similarities you both share?
    "I think every person can relate to Ryan in some small way. As you go through high school, college and university, those years develop the rest of your life and you change so much. I can look back at high school when I was maybe trying to find out who I was, and trying to seem confident and cool.

    "You look back and cringe now, but that's what everyone's like and that's how you develop through life. Ryan's obviously taken a bad route and got himself involved in drugs now. I think everyone goes through the stage of trying to become a certain person, but then realising that's not right for you and just being comfortable with yourself."

    Will Ryan and Sophie's friendship be explored more?
    "Yeah, definitely. There'll be more stuff coming up for those two, which is nice. That's been good to play so far, and we're just getting into that more at the moment."

    Are you hoping that Ryan keeps his bad boy ways for a while, or are you keen to show another side to him?
    "Well, I've been filming for about three months now, and it's a lot of fun to be the antagonistic character who causes trouble. But I think it's also nice to show diversity a little bit, and there will hopefully be some stuff coming up where you see that Ryan has got more of a heart.

    "For the time being, though, I'm more than happy to play whatever they give me - it's just an honour to be here!"
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    Coronation Street actor Sol Heras has predicted that his character Ryan Connor will be looking for a new love interest in the coming weeks.

    On Wednesday evening, viewers saw Ryan's relationship with Katy Armstrong (Georgia May Foote) end acrimoniously after she found him flirting with another woman at a bar.

    With Katy now aware that she made a terrible mistake by succumbing to Ryan's charms, it seems doubtful that the couple will ever get back together.

    Speaking to Digital Spy at the Infiniti Gate Experience last night, Heras said of Ryan's future: "I'm sure Ryan will always be on the lookout for a new lady, but I don't know what's going to happen next.

    "It's pretty plain to see that Ryan and Katy don't have a future. It's all come to an end. I think with my character Ryan, a long romance is never going to happen. He's just such an arsehole to everyone. He can't keep friends, girlfriends or family happy.

    "I think he's going to give it his best to find a new woman, though - he'll go for anyone!"

    Heras added that he is also looking forward to sharing scenes with Beverley Callard, who is returning as Liz McDonald.

    With Liz expected to feature in a big storyline for Steve and Michelle, Ryan is bound to cross paths with the Weatherfield favourite.

    Heras added: "I can't wait. She's a fantastic actress and it's going to be a pleasure to hopefully get some scenes and some stuff to do with her."

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    Coronation Street actor Sol Heras has quit the show.

    The 25-year-old's final scenes as Ryan Connor will air on ITV at the end of the summer, according to the Daily Star.

    Heras joined the soap in July 2012, replacing Ben Thompson as Michelle Connor's son.

    Ryan will reportedly realise that there is no reason to stay in Weatherfield after being dumped by girlfriend Katy Armstrong. He then receives a job offer as a DJ in Ibiza and decides to leave the Street behind.

    Heras said of Kym Marsh, who plays his on-screen mum: "[She] is one of my best friends on the show. She took me under her wing and we've become best friends.

    "She's ace, we talk all the time. And with Ryan being Michelle's son there's a chance he could come back."

    Heras also revealed that he has been receiving abuse from soap fans after his character broke up Chesney and Katy's relationship, before treating her poorly.

    He said: "I get a lot of people shouting at me asking why I'm so mean to Chesney.

    "Guys congratulate me on having a gorgeous girlfriend but other people moan and say I should leave her alone."

    8105: Katy tells Ryan she's quitting her job to focus on getting her family back on track and can't see him anymore

    Katy tells Ryan she's quitting her job

    He added: "I was on a golf course recently and the lady behind the bar refused to serve me.

    "She said, 'You're an arsehole. I can't serve you'. She said what I'd done to Chesney and Katy was awful.

    "But as an actor that's the kind of reaction you want and I've been lucky to have so many different storylines."

    Heras recently revealed that he wants his character to redeem himself in the soap.

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    theres only tommy ducky left. more eye candy needed on corrie. if they can act that is also a brucie bonus.
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    Terrible recast and boring character so no loss for me

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    let him take katy and his mother michelle with him please

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    Good, he's been written as such a horrible, annoying person and viewers don't like that, despite him being vaguely good looking.
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    Coming back according to Sharon Marshall on This Morning

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    Coronation Street is bringing back Ryan Connor for big Michelle storyline

    Coronation Street is bringing back Ryan Connor as the show revisits Michelle's historical baby swap storyline.

    Michelle (Kym Marsh) raised Ryan as her own after giving birth in 1992, but later discovered that a hospital mix-up meant he wasn't her son after all.

    We already know that the ITV soap is reintroducing Michelle's biological son Alex Neeson, with his comeback hitting our screens next week.

    But it looks like that is just the start of the story, as Sharon Marshall confirmed on This Morning that Ryan will be turning up in Weatherfield hot on the heels of Alex's reappearance.

    Sharon said: "Cast your mind back to 2008 when there was a story with Michelle, and you might remember that it turned out that her son wasn't her biological son there had been a baby swap in the hospital.

    "This was the kid that she had with her late partner Dean, he was switched at birth and she brought up another boy called Ryan as her own. Ryan is also going to be coming back to the show as well."

    Next week's episodes will see Alex who is now going by the shortened name of Ali appear when Liz McDonald (Beverley Callard) finds him working at the medical centre.

    Michelle is shocked when she eventually comes face to face with Ali, but he makes it clear that he isn't keen on catching up with her after several years of no contact.

    Mount Pleasant and Love, Lies and Records star James Burrows has taken over the role of Alex. The character is returning to the cobbles after a ten-year absence.

    Ryan was played by Ben Thompson from 2006 to 2010, with Sol Heras taking over the role between 2012 and 2013.

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    For the wedding I suppose. Opportunity to compare careers and successful parenting skills.

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