Coronation Street continues this week and fans are in for a treat as a former character is making a comeback. Sharon Bentley (played by Tracie Bennett) will return to surprise her foster mother – Rita Sullivan (Barbara Knox). Express.co.uk has all you need to know about her character and what happened to her.
Who is Sharon Bentley and what happened to her?
Sharon Bentley, formerly known as Sharon Gaskell, was Rita and Len’s (Peter Adamson) foster daughter from 1982.
Almost two decades later, she returned to the Cobbles to invite her foster mother to her wedding.
Her husband-to-be, Ian Bentley (Jonathan Guy Lewis), had cheated on her and she left him at the altar, continuing with her job at The Kabin.
However, Sharon took her man back and they were married, before creating a home for themselves in Bolton.
She sold The Kabin back to her foster mother Rita, and the pair had not spoken since.
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Sharon was last seen on screens in 1999 and long-standing fans will be excited about her comeback.
She will no doubt give her foster mother the surprise of her life as she returns with some intense news.
Ahead of her arrival, it has been revealed she will make a gesture to her foster mother and will clash with her family.
There will also be a run-in with Rita’s stepdaughter, Jenny Connor (Sally Ann Matthews).
Rita’s friend Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell) is dubious about Sharon’s return, and fans will be keen to find out whether a family feud ensues.
Rita attempts to be the understanding mother and she is ready to give Sharon another chance.
She had been disappointed when Sharon upped and left with her husband, after everything she had done for her.
Fans of the soap have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on Sharon’s return.
One said: “Now this return is something I cannot wait for!” While another said: “Coronation Street has been off the boil recently but @OfficialTracieB Tracie Bennett is a superb actress.
“Always enjoy her theatre performances so returning as Sharon Bentley is a treat.”
According to the Fandom page for her character, Sharon was supposed to become one of the show’s main characters in 1999.
The episode where she abandoned Ian was the highest-rated episode of that year, with 19.8 million viewers tuning in.
Fans may have remembered an episode from October 2013, when Rita mentioned she and Sharon were no longer talking.
With this in mind, there will be plenty for the foster mother and daughter to discuss if they wish to settle their differences.
Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.