The character was last seen on screen in 2007 for a fleeting Christmas visit, but according to the Daily Star, he will return after 15 years for a storyline involving his mother's health.
"There are concerns about her welfare and her drinking and so when Stephen comes back, she finds herself comforted by his support," a source said.
"It's the start of a big Platt story that will put Audrey at the centre of the action again – the rest of the Platts will be suspicious over Stephen and what he wants.
"So what is he after and should Audrey be listening to the rest of the clan?"
The news comes weeks after it was announced that Martin Hancock would be reprising his role as Spider Nugent after a 19-year absence. body check tags ::