CORONATION Street bosses have given star Brooke Vincent “as long as she needs” to decide whether or not she returns to the famous cobbles.
Brooke, 27, bowed out of the show in the summer as she prepared for the October birth of son Mexx with footballer boyfriend Kean Bryan and her 12 month running contract for the show will expire in May.
Bosses have told her she can return to the soap whenever she wants – although she’s yet to give any indication of a return date.
Sources say an improved deal will be on the table if she decides to return to her role as Sophie Webster.
One source said: “The show execs are desperate to keep her and will offer her more money when the time is right.
“There is no rush but they also don’t want to lose another big name after so many high profile departures in recent times. She has been told she can have as long as she needs away from Corrie."
A spokesman for Corrie confirmed: “There was never a fixed return date for Brooke, and there is no pressure for her to return within any particular time frame.
“The door has been left open for her at any point in the future, whenever that might be.”
Brooke first joined the soap as an 11-year-old in 2004, playing the third incarnation of Kevin and Sally Webster's younger daughter, Sophie.
Her final scenes aired on October 9 even though the actress actually left back in August.
She shared her emotional final moments on set after shooting scenes in Dev’s corner shop.
In the clips, several cast and crew, including Antony Cotton and Mikey North, said goodbye to the mum-to-be.
The star was clearly emotional as she received a bouquet of flowers from on-screen mother Sally Dynevor, who stepped forward to give a touching speech.
She told her: “We’re going to miss you so much.
“Oh Brooke we all love you so much, you’ve been here since you were 11. This is your home.
“You can come back anytime you want to, bring the baby.”
On Instagram, Brooke wrote: “I can’t believe 15 years ago I came onto the street to play 'Sophie Webster' and today I left to play my biggest role yet 'Mummy' my amazing family at Coronation Street I am going to miss you all so much.
“Thank you for always looking after me, for keeping me on the straight and narrow and for letting me get away with murder over the years.
“Also @kean8 for making my last day extra special coming home to the best treats!! I really am super lucky!!”
Sophie has headed off to Colombia to go travelling with Kate Connor after inheriting thousands of pounds from her Aunt Vi.
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