21 November 2020 14:30
Coronation Street fans are confused after Summer Spellman returned looking "a decade older". The teenage foster daughter of Billy Mayhew has been recast with 22-year-old actress Harriet Bibby taking over from Matilda Freeman, 16. Harriet Bibby now plays Summer Spellman in Coronation Street (Credit: ITV) What did Coronation Street fans say about Summer? But after a brief break off-screen at her grandmother's house, Summer made her comeback last night – leaving fans wondering what had happened. One commented: "Gosh!
Kids grow up so quickly these days #Summer #Corrie aged about 10 years in about 2 weeks!!" A second said: "Summer has aged 10 years in 6 months #corrie." Read more: I'm A Celebrity: Beverley Callard 'might not be vegan,' hints former Corrie co-star Another asked: "What happened old Summer & new Summer looks years older she wasn't gone that long was she #Corrie." Others were more confused by Summer's apparent brand new personality. She had been known for more muted traits – but the new Summer was wearing a bright pink coat and almost bolshy with her chipperness. Summer has changed quite a lot (Credit: ITV) It confused viewers with one tweeting: "#Corrie Summer is back, older and with a totally new personality…" "Summer's had a personality transplant #corrie," said another. A third added: "How long has Summer been away from the cobbles? She's come back 3 years older with a head, body and personality transplant.
The young actress has had roles in Doctors and Brassic. Read more: I'm A Celebrity: Beverley Callard's Corrie co-star Simon Gregson says she has 'shocked' him Speaking about joining the show, she said: "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." Leave us a comment on our Facebook page @EntertainmentDailyFix and let us know what you think! Coronation Street fans were left baffled when Summer Spellman finally returned - with a 'new head'. Actress Harriet Bibby made her debut in the ITV soap on Friday night after Summer returned to Weatherfield from her grandma's. Harriet was recast in the role of the teenage character taking over from Matilda Freeman. Matilda decided to leave the famous cobbles earlier this year to explore new opportunities and is filming a new acting role abroad this month. Matilda, who arrived on Corrie as Summer in June 2017, said when her replacement was announced: "I'd like to say thank you to my second family, the cast, crew and viewers who have supported me during my time on the cobbles. "After three and a half lovely years I felt it was time for a change and I'm excited to be starting that next chapter with a new role." (Image: ITV/Coronation Street) The change also comes after Todd Grimshaw returned to the street, now played by Gareth Pierce. But viewers were left baffled following the latest episode. "I was just finally getting used to new Todd and now we have a new Summer! #Corrie," wrote one. Another said: "Surprised Summer and Todd recognise each other #Corrie." "Blimey! Summer had a major growth spurt and a face transplant too," commented a third viewer. (Image: ITV) A fourth added: "Omg where the heck is the real Summer?!? She was my fave." Corrie viewers saw Summer reunited with Todd for the first time in three years after he abandoned her and Billy Mayhew. Lincolnshire-born actress Harriet trained at Alra North and has had roles in the BBC drama Doctors and the Sky One comedy drama Brassic starring Michelle Keegan. She has lived in Wigan for the past four years and recently moved to Manchester. Coronation Street fans have been left confused by a scene between Summer Spellman and Todd Grimshaw... Coronation Street fans were surprised to see Summer Spellman back on the cobbles last night, especially because she looked a little different to when she left. The soap revealed last month that the role of Summer had been recast, with actress Harriet Bibby now playing Todd and Billy's adoptive daughter after former actress Matilda Freeman left Coronation Street to pursue new roles. As actress Harriet made her debut in Weatherfield last night, fans were pleased to see the character of Summer back after her trip to see her grandmother, Geraldine. However, there was just one thing niggling viewers as Summer settled back in to life on the cobbles and that was her scene with Todd. Double the confusion… As Summer stepped out of her taxi, she was greeted by Paul, who was thrilled to see her. But just moments later Summer came face-to-face with Todd, leaving her shocked. The last time Summer saw Todd was when he walked out on her years ago, leaving their relationship fractured. However, it wasn't the tension between the characters that got fans talking. It was actually the fact both roles had been recast recently, making the scenes between the two slightly confusing. Viewers took to Twitter, joking about how the characters wouldn't recognise one another seeing as they had both changed so much since they were last together… While Summer wasn't happy to see Todd, Paul soon came to the resuce and got the pair talking again. Soon bridges were being built, and Billy couldn't have been more grateful that Paul had helped smooth over the drama. But with Todd already trying to make trouble between Billy and Paul, could Summer also soon find herself caught in the crossfire? Coronation Street airs on Mondays and Wednesdays 7.30pm and 8.30pm with an hour long episode at 7.30 on Fridays on ITV – see our TV Guide for full listings.