Coronation Street star Bruce Jones transformed as he reunites with show legend after 16 years

Les vanished in 2007. (Image from ITV)

Fans of Coronation Street like it when former cast members come together, and that’s exactly what happened recently when two of the show’s most recognisable characters ran into each other and had an unplanned reunion.

Between 1997 and 2007, Bruce Jones appeared in nearly 1,000 episodes as taxi driver Les Battersby, stepfather to Toyah (Georgia Taylor), Chesney (Sam Aston), and Leanne (Jane Danson). His relationships with Janice Battersby (Vicky Entwistle) and Cilla Brown (Wendi Peters), among other tales, were prominent.

After it was claimed that the actor told reporters about upcoming plotlines while intoxicated, he was fired from the programme. His leave narrative featured his leaving to work as a roadie for travelling ZZ Top O’ the Morning cover band.

Since leaving, he has appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2013 with Vicky Entwistle, appeared on Celebrity Come Dine With Me, and performed in numerous feature films, pantomimes, and TV shows, including The Heritage, an episode of Hulu’s Bitesize Halloween series.

Vicky Entwistle, Bruce’s former on-screen co-star, was among the first to express her appreciation.

What a beautiful image. Many blessings to you both, she wrote.

A pair of Corrie legends! One supporter exclaimed, “Brilliant! X,” while another said, “We would never have seen Les and Hayley so friendly, of course.”

Julie is a soap opera legend (ITV).

This was a reference to the fact that Les’ attitude towards Hayley, the show’s first transgender character, was typically hostile.

Les harassed and tormented her, calling her by her deceased name and labelling her a “man” and a “freak.” Hayley often opted to retain a modest dignity rather than succumb to his abuse.

Hayley passed away in 2014, leaving Roy Cropper (David Neilson) as her surviving spouse. Roy cherishes his memories of his devoted wife.

Julie has now gone on to make appearances in a variety of TV programmes, including Broadchurch, Happy Valley, and Doctor Who.

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