Coronation Street ex-star Nikki Sanderson RETURNS after 13 years away as she reunites with soap legend Sue Nicholls

She left the soap in 2005 as her character Candice Stowe decided to go on tour with Status Quo.

But former Coronation Street star Nikki Sanderson, 35, made a surprise return to Weatherfield on Monday night, in a special honouring legendary actress Sue Nicholls.

The soap beauty - who now plays Maxine Minniver in Hollyoaks - reunited with the Audrey Roberts actress in front of her famous salon, 13 years after her last appearance.

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She's back! Former Coronation Street Nikki Sanderson made a surprise return to Weatherfield on Monday
Throwback: The appearance came 13 years after she left the soap (pictured in 2005)

She's back! Former Coronation Street Nikki Sanderson made a surprise return to Weatherfield on Monday in a one-off special to honour star Sue Nicholls

In the sweet scene, Sue took viewers on a tour of the famous salon where Audrey worked, in the special to celebrate her 40th anniversary on the show.

As she headed onto the street, the star was stunned to find Nikki waiting for her along with actress Tracy Shaw who played Maxine Peacock.

The three stars chatted about their time together on the famous soap, with Nikki admitting the biggest lesson she learned was how to pretend to cut someone's hair.

Thrilled: The actress surprise Sue outside her famous hair salon along with former star Tracy Shaw in the special

Thrilled: The actress surprise Sue outside her famous hair salon along with former star Tracy Shaw in the special

Over the moon: The trio were delighted to reunited, 13 years after Nikki's last appearance, and 16 years after Tracy's character Maxine Peacock was killed off

Over the moon: The trio were delighted to reunited, 13 years after Nikki's last appearance, and 16 years after Tracy's character Maxine Peacock was killed off

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She first made her debut on the cobbles as a child star in 1999, playing the role of Sarah Platt's best friend Candice.

The pair grew up together on the show and Candice even had a brief romance with Todd Grimshaw, who went onto come out as gay.

Eventually she decided to leave the Street when Status Quo - who briefly played themselves on the show - offered her a job as their stylish on their tour.

Tracy played Maxine from 1995 to 2003, before her character was brutally murdered by serial killer Richard Hillman.

Classic: Nikki joined Corrie as Sarah Platt's best friend Candice, and eventually went onto work in Audrey's salon (above in 2005)

Classic: Nikki joined Corrie as Sarah Platt's best friend Candice, and eventually went onto work in Audrey's salon (above in 2005)

Throwback: The actress' reminisced about their time on the soap together. Nikki left Corrie in 2005 when her character decided to go on tour with Status Quo

Throwback: The actress' reminisced about their time on the soap together. Nikki left Corrie in 2005 when her character decided to go on tour with Status Quo

Sue asked whether she would ever consider coming back to the show, suggesting Maxine could return from the dead in typical soap fashion.

As the trio wrapped up their brief reunion, Sue joked: 'Shall we go in and have a cup of tea, and a real b****h about everyone?' 

Since leaving Corrie Nikki has gone onto have roles in Heartbeat, and joined Hollyoaks in 2012.

Her character has recently been embroiled in a dark storyline which saw Maxine lie about being terminally ill, before learning she was suffering with Munchausen syndrome.

Old-school: The special celebrated 40 years since Sue first debuted on the soap as Audrey Roberts, with her hair salon now a fixture on the Street

Old-school: The special celebrated 40 years since Sue first debuted on the soap as Audrey Roberts, with her hair salon now a fixture on the Street

Coronation Street's Nikki Sanderson RETURNS after 13 years away

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