Coronation Street character returns from the dead in latest soap twist

Coronation Street has thrown in another curve ball as Leanne's late son ‘returned from the dead' in the form of AI in Friday night's episode.

Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson) hasn’t quite been herself since she became swept up with Rowan Cunliffe (Emrhys Cooper) and 'The Institute', and the departure of stepson Simon Barlow hasn’t made things any easier.

Viewers on Fridat night saw the ‘return’ of her late son, Oliver, in AI, which didn't go down well with Nick, or her sister, Toyah Battersby (Georgia Taylor).

In the episode a shocked Toyah found Leanne telling someone on her laptop screen that she loved them and thought it was Rowan, but Leanne denied it. Later, it was revealed it was actually her son in AI form.

Leanne Battersby crying as she hugs Simon Barlow before his emotional exit
Leanne Battersby recently said goodbye to her stepson, Simon Barlow -Credit:ITV

Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) was flabbergasted when Toyah tells him what she heard and heads straight home where he found Rowan and Leanne holding hands on the sofa.

Leanne then confessed, showing Nick the AI version of her late son Oliver on her laptop. The computerised version of the young boy was made to predict what he'd look like if he were still alive now. 'Oliver' even spoke to them, asking how they were. However, Nick didn't seem too keen to 'speak back'.

Rowan looking at camera
Leanne Battersby has gotten herself caught up with Rowan and 'The Insitute' -Credit:ITV

Oliver was the son of Leanne Battersby and Steve McDonald, who was born in 2017. He was diagnosed with a a life-limiting form of mitochondrial disease at just three years old, and tragically passed away in November of that year.

It doesn't look like fans were impressed with the 'AI Oliver' either as they took to X, formerly known as Twitter to discuss.

"That’s creepy to AI Oliver on the laptop!" exclaimed one.

Another said: "Not the AI Oliver!"

"Wonder if they will do an AI Simon for Leanne? Then when the laptop dies, Leanne can screech and blame Nick and Toyah for it, like she did for him leaving," a third tweeted.

A furious Toyah then accused Rowan of exploiting Leanne’s grief for money and threatens to report him to the police, as she begged Leanne to open her eyes and see Rowan for what he really is.

However, they were abruptly interrupted when the police arrived and Kit arrested Toyah for murder after the body of a baby was found buried in the park. Toyah admits it was her baby and it was stillborn.

Nick was suspicious that Leanne told Rowan about Toyah’s baby, but she denied it. She then took it upon herself to video call Rowan and ask if he reported Toyah to the police, but Rowan swears he didn’t.

This then caused more drama between the sisters, resulting in Toyah accusing Leanne of telling the police about the baby.