Norris dead: Why did Malcolm Hebden leave Corrie?

Emotional scenes ahead in Coronation Street tonight as Weatherfield residents will discover Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) has died.

The character known for being a local gossip has been on our screens since 1994.

Despite the fact Norris would often spend time away from the cobbles, his no-nonsense attitude and ability to say whatever he wanted has certainly caused quite the impact on the well-known street.

So, as we prepare to say our goodbyes, we’re here with everything you need to know on Norris Cole and the legend Malcom Hebden.

Did Malcolm Hebden suffer a heart attack?

Yes, back in 2018, it was revealed Malcolm had spent time in hospital after suffering a heart attack.

He was in an induced coma for several weeks and admitted he was very close to dying.

Did Malcolm quit acting?

Malcolm Hebden revealed he had quit acting, following his heart attack.

A few months ago, he told The Sun: ‘I absolutely adored playing Norris and I was pleased to be able to return briefly after my operation. It took a great deal of courage to make the decision to retire.’

While Malcolm retired from our screens, Norris has regularly been mentioned in episodes of the ITV soap.

What was Norris’ leaving story?

In February 2020, Norris and partner Freda (Ali Briggs) moved into Stillwaters retirement home.

Their paths crossed with Ken (William Roache) and Claudia (Rula Lenska), who were also residents at the home.

Norris paid his final visit to Coronation Street in May 2020 to celebrate VE Day with Rita (Barbara Knox), Audrey (Sue Nicholls) and Ken.

On Monday (August 13), ITV aired a special tribute documentary looking at Norris Cole’s life on the cobbles.

Narrated by Sally Lindsay, the programme looks at some of the character’s best scenes, including the Blackpool Ballroom successes with fellow legend Vera Duckworth. You can watch the documentary on ITV Hub.

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