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Coronation Street bosses 'give two major stars bumper contracts' to keep them on the soap

Two Corrie legends are set to stay on the soap for another year credit:Bang Showbiz
Two Corrie legends are set to stay on the soap for another year credit:Bang Showbiz

Michael Le Vell and Sally Dynevor are said to have been given bumper contracts to remain on 'Coronation Street'.

The duo have appeared on screen as Kevin Webster and Sally Metcalfe since the 1980s, and they are thought to receive £170,000 a year each for their roles, but now, it is claimed ITV has given them another big-money deal to retain their talents for another year.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Sally and Mike are two of Corrie’s most beloved stars. Bosses were desperate to keep them and they were happy to sign. They both love the show."

It has also been reported that soap legend Bill Roache - who has played Ken Barlow since the very first episode on 9 December 1960 - has also signed a new deal to stay with the programme for another year.

Sally made her debut on the soap in 1986 and was seen waiting for a bus when mechanic Kevin drove through a puddle and soaked her, but the incident led to the pair dating and they tied the knot later that year.

The couple went on to have daughters Rosie (Helen Flanagan) and Sophie (Brooke Vincent) together, but the marriage ended in divorce when Kevin had an affair with former Rovers Return landlady Natalie Barnes (Denise Welch).

Sally and Kevin remarried in 2002 and despite surviving Sally's tryst with car salesman Ian Davenport (Philip Bretherton), the couple split up again when Molly Dobbs (Vicky Binns) confessed to Sally with her dying breath during the 50th anniversary tram crash in 2010 that Kevin had fathered her baby, Jack.

Nowadays, Sally - who has worked as a barmaid, a knicker stitcher and a local councillor over the years - is married to Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine), while Kevin is married to fellow mechanic Abi Franklin (Sally Carman).

The news comes amid a host of exits being lined up for the soap, with Peter Ash leaving behind his role as Paul Foreman when the character is killed off later this year.

Former 'Dancing on Ice' contestant Lisa George - who has played knicker stitcher Beth Tinker since 2011 - will also be leaving.

A source said at the time: "She loves 'Corrie' and it’s in her bones but she feels now is the right time to move on and take on new challenges."