BBC’s The Weakest Link viewers stunned to realise Coronation Street icon is part of the show

The Weakest Link has made a return to TV screens.

And fans have now realised why they recognise the voiceover so much.

The quiz show has been rebooted with comedian Romesh Ranganathan replacing original host Anne Robinson.

The Weakest Link has been airing on BBC One this week with a bunch of celebrities taking on the iconic game.

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The voice-over person who informs lets viewers know who was the strongest and weakest links in each round.

And it’s a very familiar soap actress behind it.

It’s none other than our very own former Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh.

The actress played Hayley Cropper in the ITV soap for 16 years from 1998 until 2014.

Julie, 51, is famed for her character, who was married to Corrie legend Roy Cropper.

Romesh Ranganathan is the new host of The Weakest Link

@ShaunKitchener tweeted: “Whoever decided Julie Hesmondhalgh should be the Voice Of The Stats on the new #WeakestLink… pay rise.”

“Hayley Cropper is the most random but brilliant choice for narrator #weakestlink #Theweakestlink,” @jonnymgdraws said.

@Michaelhlamb commented: “Ermmmm, is Hayley Cropper the voiceover for the Weakest Link? Finally, Britain’s regions representing. #WeakestLink.”

“Loving @juliehes as the voice over on all new #Weakestlink. Works so well,” @JonnoDew added.

It’s been seven years since viewers, and Ro (played by David Neilson), had to say an emotional goodbye to Hayley.

Hayley and Roy in Coronation Street

The much-loved, anorak-wearing factory worker was killed off in a heartbreaking cancer storyline.

Hayley was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and in January 2014, Hayley died in Roy’s arms after drinking a lethal cocktail.

The episode was watched by an incredible 9.7 million viewers.

And Julie made history as Hayley was the first permanent transgender character in the world of soap.

Last week Julie, 51, was helping out as a vaccine runner in Tameside.

The popular star of stage and screen was at the Hattersley Gas Works vaccination centre, on Stockport Road, Hattersley, as she urged people to come down and get their coronavirus jab on what was the site’s last day open before Christmas.

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