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Who is Wayne Hayes actor Adam Barlow and has he been in Corrie before?

Wayne Hayes returns to Coronation Street tonight, 18 years after he left the cobbles

The character only featured in the show for around a year, alongside his mum Sheila and her boyfriend Alex Swinton.

Roy Cropper and his wife Hayley briefly fostered Wayne after finding out that Alex had been abusing both him and his mum.

Eventually Roy and Hayley managed to persuade Sheila to go to the police to report Alex, and she then decided to leave Weatherfield with Wayne.

Wayne’s last appearance on the soap was on Christmas Eve in 2001 after he made one final visit to the Croppers.

After initially being played by a young Gary Damer, Adam Barlow is now taking over the role.

The character is now a health and safety inspector and is faced with the sad news of Hayley’s death when he returns.

Who is Adam Barlow?

Adam has worked mostly as a stage actor so far in his career, including roles in Sweeney Todd, Cinderella, Chicago and The Winter’s Tale.

More recently the 32-year-old has featured in productions of Cyrano and War Horse.

He has also already appeared in Roy’s Rolls in Coronation Street before, but not as Wayne Hayes.

Instead he played an unnamed character who appeared in one episode in July 2016, and in the cafe he flirted with Rana Habeeb (Bhavna Limbachia), who died in the recent factory collapse.

The actor is not to be confused with the Coronation Street character Adam Barlow, who is played by Sam Robertson and last appeared on the soap in February.

Adam’s character Wayne arrives in Weatherfield to carry out a health and safety investigation following the collapse of the factory roof which killed Rana Habeeb.

He discusses his concerns with Carla Connor (Alison King) before reuniting with Roy Cropper (David Neilson) and reassures him that he isn’t to blame for the recent boat fire.

Wayne also helps Roy find out some information about the engraving on the ring that he inherited from his mum.

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