The official Corrie site says that Stephanie will appear on screen in January as Martha - a slightly eccentric theatre actress who lives on a canal barge and travels from theatre the theatre via the waterways. A frustrated Ken Barlow meets Martha while he's out walking Eccles by the canal. It starts as a friendship born out of similar cultural interests and Ken finds her canal boat a calm haven from the chaos of Deirdre, Blanche and Peter back at home.
Did you know that Stephanie Beacham once turned down the role of Ken Barlow's girlfriend? Oh yes. Have a look here for more.