Coronation Street SPOILER: Stephen Reid looks dejected as he buys thrifty clothes

He recently made waves with his return to Coronation Street after fifteen years.

But snaps of Todd Boyce as Stephen Reid shot on set show the businessman could soon be in trouble.

Stephen, who is the son of Audrey (Sue Nicholls) returned to Weatherfield last month as he confronted his birth mother about her drinking problems.

Mysterious: Snaps of Todd Boyce as Stephen Reid shot on set show the businessman could be in trouble

But behind-the-scenes photos suggest drama is on the horizon as the newcomer can be seen sadly leaving a clothing store.

Stephen wore a smart gray suit, paired with a paisley print tie and leather loafers as he looked elusive shopping for clothes on a budget.

The mysterious throwback boy got his start in 1996 when he came to town to get to know his birth family and years later left for Milan, Italy.

Comeback: The mysterious comeback kid got his start in 1996 when he came to the city to get to know his birth family and years later left for Milan, Italy (pictured on the show with Sarah Platt (Tina O'Brien0 in 2007)

Comeback: The mysterious comeback kid got his start in 1996 when he came to the city to get to know his birth family and years later left for Milan, Italy (pictured on the show with Sarah Platt (Tina O’Brien0 in 2007)

Businessman: Stephen wore a smart gray suit, paired with a paisley-print tie and leather loafers as he seemed elusive to shop for clothes on a budget

Businessman: Stephen wore a smart gray suit, paired with a paisley-print tie and leather loafers as he seemed elusive to shop for clothes on a budget

Return: Stephen, who is the son of Audrey (Sue Nicholls) returned to Weatherfield last month as he confronted his birth mother about her drinking problems

Questions: Behind-the-scenes photos suggest drama is on the horizon as the newcomer can be seen sadly leaving a clothing store

Return: Stephen, who is the son of Audrey (Sue Nicholls) returned to Weatherfield last month as he confronted his birth mother about her drinking problems

TV and theater actor Todd, 61, said metro.co.uk of the exciting character’s return: “He has an eye for women, so it should be fun and there will be some friction between him and the extended family… Watch this space.”

Scenes from last month show Stephen driving dramatically around town in a taxi as Audrey gets into an accident at the Trim Up North.

He kicked down a door to come to her rescue and recent developments suggest the family is slowly getting back together, with Stephen pressuring Audrey and Gail Rodwell (Helen Worth) to reconcile.

Elusive: TV and theater actor Todd, 61, told Metro.co.uk of the exciting character's return:

Elusive: TV and theater actor Todd, 61, told Metro.co.uk of the exciting character’s return: “He has an eye for the ladies, so it should be fun and there will be friction between him and the extended family… Watch this space’

But it would seem that the heartfelt reunion is short-lived.

A clip from the ITV soap opera’s Twitter page this week shows the owner of the barbershop delighted with a family dinner, which included Stephen, Gail and Sarah Barlow (Tina O’Brien).

In the video, Audrey announces her pride for the whole group, including a special shoutout to Stephen who “runs a successful business in Milan”.

Sensing that none of those present needed her money, she then declared that she was going to bequeath the estate to the Weatherfield Association of Retail Traders (WARTS).

Drama on the horizon: While her return has so far brought the family together, tension seems to be mounting

Drama on the horizon: While her return has so far brought the family together, tension seems to be mounting

Charity shop?  Despite supposedly being a successful businessman in Milan, Stephen looked like he was shopping at a budget thrift store

Charity shop? Despite supposedly being a successful businessman in Milan, Stephen looked like he was shopping at a budget thrift store

As the family seemed less than thrilled with the news, Audrey beamed, “Isn’t it wonderful to finally have the whole family together.”

Talk to digital spy last month, Todd also revealed that Stephen’s story might not just revolve around family drama.

He told the outlet: “First of all pretty quickly there’s a kind of attraction between him and Elaine [Jones].

Dapper: Stephen put on a dapper backstage display that saw him rather crestfallen

Dapper: Stephen put on a dapper backstage display that saw him rather crestfallen

“Historically he was a bit of a toyboy and I love the repetition of that.

“He seems to be attracted to women a bit older than him, not as much as in the past, but he’s definitely not after young street women.”

He added: “I’m delighted to see people’s reaction and what they think of Stephen and if they’re suspicious of what he’s doing…”

Family: Stephen's birth mother is Audrey, and his half-sister is Gail (Helen Worth) (both pictured on the show in 2006)

Family: Stephen’s birth mother is Audrey, and his half-sister is Gail (Helen Worth) (both pictured on the show in 2006)

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