Coronation Street fans seriously distracted by Audrey’s son’s accent

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ACTOR Todd Boyce reprized his role as Stephen Reid on Friday’s trip to the cobblestones.

But Coronation Street fans were distracted by her surprise return by her unexpected accent and took to Twitter.

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Todd Boyce took over the role of Stephen Reid on Friday’s installment of the ITV soap1 credit
He hadn't been seen in the cobbles since 2007

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He hadn’t been seen in the cobbles since 20071 credit
He found his mother Audrey under a motorcycle

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He found his mother Audrey under a motorcycle1 credit

Stephen Reid was last seen in Weatherfield in 2007, moving to Italy, and no one expected him to return to the streets.

However, the soap bosses like to throw in the occasional surprise and made no exceptions during Friday’s installment of the long-running drama.

Todd Boyce was seen getting out of a taxi as his Coronation Street alter ego returned to visit his family.

He headed to the barbershop hoping to run into a familiar face.

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But when he arrived, he only found Elaine Metcalfe (portrayed by Paula Wilcox) knocking on the door before finally breaking in.

Stephen was then disconcerted to find his mother Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) on the brink of consciousness and lying under a heavy motorbike.

Meanwhile, the Platts were discussing how to solve the barber’s drinking problem with Peter Barlow on Speed ​​Daal.

Stephen reunited with his family, whom he berated for not noticing Audrey had been in danger in later scenes before getting into an ambulance with her mother.

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But while Stephen was unimpressed with Gail (Helen Worth) and berated his brother, fans of the Manchester-based drama were also disappointed with Stephen’s accent.

Viewers rushed to Twitter, calling Stephen’s accent “over the top”.

“WTF is that accent,” wrote one viewer on Twitter.

A second soap fan added, “Stephen thinks he’s in an 80s action movie.”

“Okay his voice will annoy the [angry face emoji] out of me please don’t give him many lines,” wrote another viewer while a fourth joked, “Stephen wastes no time showing off his vocal range.”

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Another added: “Uuum! Stephen’s game is a bit OTT. You’re not into Dynasty mate.”

But Stephen’s accent may be explained by his history.

Son of Audrey Roberts and Geoff Masters, Stephen was put up for adoption shortly after birth.

He was later adopted by Joyce and Malcolm Reid who later emigrated to Canada – hence the accent.

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But what’s next in store for his surprise return?

Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.

Once reunited with his family, he couldn't help scolding them.

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Once reunited with his family, he couldn’t help scolding them.1 credit
The Platts hadn't noticed that Audrey had disappeared all night.

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The Platts hadn’t noticed that Audrey had disappeared all night.1 credit
But Corrie fans were more distracted by Stephen's Canadian accent

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But Corrie fans were more distracted by Stephen’s Canadian accent1 credit
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