10 August 2020 16:41
Gareth Pierce replaces Bruno Langley as Todd Grimshaw in Coronation Street Corrie has released first-look images of runaway Todd Grimshaw as he returns to Weatherfield almost 3 years after disappearing from the cobbles. Todd (centre) with former partner Billy (Daniel Brocklebank) and mum Eileen (Sue Cleaver) Todd, now played by Gareth Pierce, will first be seen back on Coronation Street in the autumn but the seeds of his return are sown next week (August 19th) when a letter arrives in the post from the ex solicitor asking for money. With Eileen away in Thailand, visiting her other son Jason, the letter is opened by Mary and Sean who pass on the information to Todd's former partner Vicar Billy Mayhew. The trio then embark on a manhunt to try and track him down. The last time viewers saw Todd was in late 2017 when he fled Weatherfield with Billy's goddaughter Summer after her grandmother Geraldine attempted to gain custody of the girl.
When they were tracked down by the police, Todd assaulted a police officer and ran off on his own. Gareth Pierce will be seen as Todd in episodes airing this autumn Where has Todd been hiding, why does he need the money and why doesn't he want to be found? The letter sparks months of intrigue and mystery until Todd finally breaks cover, much to the relief of his mum and friends. Bruno Langley originated the role of Todd in 2001; he played the character on-and-off until 2017 when he left the saga after pleading guilty to the sexual assault of two women. It was first reported last month that Corrie bosses were looking to recast the part.
"I'm thrilled to be joining such an iconic show, and to have been entrusted with taking Todd forward into some really exciting storylines. It's an honour to be part of the dedicated Coronation Street team in such unprecedented times." – Gareth Pierce Welsh-born Gareth is best known for his roles as Lenny Mack in Sky 1's Stella and Gavin Moss in BBC Radio 4's The Archers. He also starred in Ordinary Lies and Hinterland for the BBC. Bruno Langley played the role of Todd on-and-off between 2001-2017 Coronation Street has revealed Todd Grimshaw will be returning played by a new actor, Gareth Pierce. Todd will return to screens in the autumn time but seeds of his return will be sown as soon as next week (August 19) when a letter arrives in the post from the former solicitor asking for money. Currently Eileen is in Thailand visiting her oldest son Jason. But the letter will be opened by Sean and Mary who break the news to Todd's former partner, Billy Mayhew. Todd is coming back! (Credit: ITV) Read More: Brooke Vincent fans melt over adorable new pictures of baby Mexx The three then embark on a manhunt to try and track down Todd, who fled the cobbles in 2017. Coronation Street: What happened to Todd Grimshaw? In 2017, Todd attempted to run away with Billy's goddaughter Summer. Todd had become close with Summer, and her grandmother Geraldine was attempting to gain custody of the young girl. When they were tracked down by police, Todd ended up assaulting a police officer and ran off on his own leaving mum Eileen, Billy and Summer behind. Todd was previously played by Bruno Langley (Credit: ITV) But where has Todd been hiding all this time? Why does he need the cash and why doesn't he want to be found? The letter starts months of intrigue and mystery. However Todd will finally break his cover much to the relief of Eileen and his friends. Coronation Street: Who is Gareth Pierce? Welsh-born Gareth is the second actor to play Todd. The role was previously played by Bruno Langley on and off from 2001 until 2017. Gareth has previously had roles in Sky One's Stella playing Lenny Mack. He also played Gavin Moss in The Arches and starred in Ordinary Lies and Hinterland for the BBC. Eileen will be relieved when her son returns (Credit: ITV) Read More: Coronation Street's Yasmeen decides to stay in prison to escape evil Geoff Speaking about joining the show, Gareth said: "I'm thrilled to be joining such an iconic show, and to have been entrusted with taking Todd forward into some really exciting storylines. "It's an honour to be part of the dedicated Coronation Street team in such unprecedented times." Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.30pm on ITV. Are you looking forward to seeing Todd's Corrie return? Leave us a comment on our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyFix and let us know what you think of this story.