Will Mellor as Harvey Gaskell

Will Mellor joins Strictly and revisits Coronation Street role as Harvey Gaskell

Is Harvey's return going to stir things up for one Weatherfield family?

Will Mellor is returning to Coronation Street as gangster Harvey Gaskell and we can’t wait!

Corrie bosses announced in October that Will would be returning to the show, even though Harvey is currently in jail, serving life for murdering Natasha Blakeman – little Sam’s mum.

Harvey was last seen on screen about a year ago when Sam decided he wanted to face the man who killed his mum.

So how long will he be back for this time?

Will Mellor played Harvey in Coronation Street (Credit: ITV)

Who is Harvey Gaskell in Coronation Street?

Harvey Gaskell made his first appearance in 2021, played by actor Will Mellor.

Harvey was a drug lord and the nephew of Sharon Bentley, who is Rita‘s former foster daughter.

Speaking about joining the Corrie cast, Will said: “I’m honoured to be asked to come into Coronation Street, it’s such an iconic show and has been a huge part of my family life.

“When I started acting 32 years ago it was my mum’s dream for me to be in Corrie so I’m happy to finally be able to make it come true. It’s a Manchester institution and as a Manchester actor this is definitely a box ticked.

“Harvey is the first out and out baddie I’ve ever played. It’s a very different type of role for me so I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into the character and making some waves.”

Simon and Leanne lived in fear of Harvey for months (Credit: ITV)

Coronation Street: What did Harvey do to Leanne and Simon?

In 2020, Leanne’s three-year-old son, Oliver, died. She was devastated and took time off work as she struggled to cope with her grief.

Realising they were stuck for money, Leanne’s oldest son Simon began working for Dev doing deliveries.

However while working for Dev, Simon became friendly with another delivery boy, Jacob.

He got Simon to deliver drugs and tricked him into thinking he owed them money.

Simon and Jacob worked for Harvey (Credit: ITV)

Eventually Simon met Harvey, who was the leader of the drugs ring.

But when Leanne found out about Simon delivering drugs, she was horrified and took his place to do deliveries in order to protect her son.

However she decided to report Harvey to the police and began working with them.

Soon Harvey was arrested and taken into custody.

Sharon Bentley in Coronation Street shooting horror
Sharon is Harvey’s aunt (Credit: ITV)

Harvey’s relation to Sharon Bentley

As Harvey had people on the outside and wanted Leanne and Simon killed, they were all put into witness protection.

Soon Rita got a shock when her former foster daughter Sharon turned up in Weatherfield, wanting to put the past behind them.

However it soon became clear to viewers there was another reason for her return – she’s Harvey’s aunt and was trying to track down Leanne and Simon for him.

In order to get Leanne’s boyfriend Nick back home, Sharon arranged for his son Sam to be kidnapped.

Soon Rita’s former stepdaughter Jenny figured out the connection between Sharon and Harvey and tried to warn Rita.

Rita set her up so she was eventually arrested.

In court, Leanne decided to give evidence but Sharon also gave evidence against Harvey and he was sent to prison.

However with Harvey in prison, Sharon ended up taking over his firm.

Harvey went to prison (Credit: ITV)

Coronation Street: When did Harvey kill Natasha Blakeman?

During Super Soap Week in October 2021, Harvey escaped from a prison van.

The vehicle crashed into a car carrying the Alahans, but Harvey left them for dead.

He attacked Kevin Webster, who had come to rescue the family, and stole the breakdown truck. Harvey headed straight back to Weatherfield and Leanne.

He managed to track her to the Bistro. Leanne tried to escape, so Harvey tied up her hands and put tape around her mouth.

But when Harvey’s back was turned, Leanne made it out onto the street.

Leanne hid and eventually ended up in the House of Horrors that was on the cobbles.

However Harvey soon appeared and followed her down the street.

When he caught up to her, he went to hit her, but ended up falling through the ground.

Leanne’s wig managed to stay on (Credit: ITV)

But Harvey made it out of the sewers and found Abi Webster‘s gun in the process. Abi had been planning to use it to kill Corey Brent, who had murdered her son, Seb.

Harvey took the weapon and began hunting for Leanne again.

However, in a tragic case of mistaken identity, he shot Natasha Blakeman, who was wearing the same Halloween costume as Leanne.

Natasha died from her injuries.

Meanwhile, Harvey still tried to kill Leanne, jumping into her car and forcing her to drive him to his pick-up point.

But Leanne was done being scared and crashed the car into a skip instead.

Harvey was taken back to prison, where he remains.

Nick and Leanne looking concerned
Nick and Leanne were shocked to receive visit requests from Harvey (Credit: ITV)

What brings Harvey back?

We’re not sure of the details of Harvey’s return. After all, he’s not getting out of jail any time soon! But it’s thought that Harvey being back on our screens is related to his half-brother Damon Hay‘s return.

Damon is coming back to Weatherfield to stir things up for Sarah and Adam Barlow. And it sounds like Adam could be using Harvey’s ‘talents’ to get revenge on the man who broke up his marriage!

“Adam will pay a little visit to Damon’s half-brother Harvey, because he’s no fan of Damon’s either,” revealed Corrie boss Iain MacLeod. “They might form an unholy alliance. They have a shared problem in the form of Damon and think they can help each other in that regard.”

Sounds intriguing!

Read more: Complete Coronation Street cast list 2023 – meet them all here!

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Charlotte Rodrigues
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Charlotte Rodrigues joined Entertainment Daily in April 2018, as Audience Engagement Executive. A huge soap fan, Charlotte then became Senior Soap Writer, delivering the latest storylines and spoilers to our followers.