Who is Jim and Liz McDonald’s ‘daughter’ Katie on Coronation Street, why did people think she was dead and is she Jim’s lover?

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JIM McDonald isn’t the only ghost from Liz’s past who’s returned to Coronation Street.

Their daughter Katie, who was previously believed dead, has made a shocking return to the Corrie cobbles – but all is not as it seems…

Hannah Ellis Ryan will play Jim and Liz's daughter Katie in Coronation Street
Hannah Ellis Ryan will play Jim and Liz’s daughter Katie in Coronation Street
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Who is Jim McDonald’s ‘daughter’ Katie on Coronation Street?

Katie McDonald, 26, was born on New Year’s Day 1992 after Liz went into labour on New Year’s Eve.

Now a woman pretending to be her has returned to Coronation Street with her “dad” Jim McDonald following his release from prison.

Jim was jailed for armed robbery in 2011 and is now trying to scam Liz.

After an emotional reunion with Liz the charade was revealed when Jim said that Katie did him “proud.”

She replied: “Hey, less of the old and certainly less of the dad – you’re neither.”

In a sickening twist it was then revealed that the fake father and daughter are actually lovers!

Katie is played by Australian stage star Hannah Ellis Ryan who has performed in various plays at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.

(L-R) Andy, Liz, Jim and Steve McDonald in Coronation Street in 1989
(L-R) Andy, Liz, Jim and Steve McDonald in Coronation Street in 1989
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Why was Katie McDonald believed to be dead?

Liz went into labour on New Year’s Eve 1991 after her son Steve went missing.

Katie was born prematurely and was placed in an incubator after doctors said she had little chance of survival – she was believed to have died the next day on January 2, 1992.

Steve then blamed himself for Katie’s death and stayed away from the “funeral” which was attended by his parents and twin brother Andy.

But due to a mix-up at the hospital Katie was adopted by a couple who moved to Australia.

When she turned 18 she tracked down her real father Jim via his military records.

When Jim returns to Coronation Street the revelation that Katie is alive will shock Liz – he even has a DNA test to prove it.


Who are Jim and Liz McDonald’s other children?

Jim and Liz McDonald have three children – including Katie who was believed to be dead.

Their twin sons Steve and Andy were born in 1974.

Andy left Coronation Street in 1997 after he graduated from university and moved to Spain to be an English teacher.

He has made brief returns to the soap including his appearance at Steve and Becky’s wedding in 2009.

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