Coronation Street's Rita Sullivan in a love triangle

Coronation Street star Rita Sullivan is to be at the centre of a love triangle plot when she returns to the drama next month, according to reports.

Rita (Barbara Knox) is set to compete against Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) for the attention of male escort Lewis Archer (Nigel Havers).

The Weatherfield shopkeeper decides to hire Lewis to accompany her to an upmarket ball even though she knows that Audrey has fallen for the charmer.

Audrey then tries to book Lewis too and is left disappointed.

A source told The Sun: "He has to explain he's already booked. But Audrey still goes with a pal and is gobsmacked when she sees Lewis and Rita canoodling.

"They exchange insults - before Rita and Lewis storm out."

Rita has not been on our screens for a few months after 76-year-old Knox decided to take some time off for health reasons.

She will return to our screens on February 18, while the love triangle story will play out at Easter.

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