'Coronation Street' star Chris Gascoyne is set to leave the ITV soap next year.
Chris, who plays alcoholic Peter Barlow, reportedly wants to spend more time with his family and try other roles.
According to the Sun, he will leave Weatherfield in an explosive storyline following his affair with Michelle Keegan's character Tina McIntyre, but will NOT be killed off after telling show bosses that he wants to return to the Street in the future.
“He wants some time away from the show to spend with his family and to try other roles. He has talked about taking at least two years away from the show.
“But Chris has told bosses he is keen to come back in the future and they are leaving the door open for him.”
Chris - who originally joined 'Corrie' in 2000 - is the latest star to quit the soap following Michelle Collins' decisions to leave.
And earlier this month we reported that Michelle Keegan was also leaving.
Show bosses are reportedly planning a 'whodunnit' storyline, which they hope will get the nation guessing after her character, Tina McIntyre, comes to a grisly end.
Speaking about Chris's departure, a 'Coronation Street' spokesman said: “Chris has signed a new one year contract, which takes him to autumn 2014, and he is involved in some of the biggest storylines of the next 12 months. It is too early to comment beyond that.”
<strong>Played: Les Battersby (1997–2007)</strong> It was revealed in May 2013 that Bruce was working as a garage mechanic after being axed from the soap in 2007 following allegations of drunkenness and inappropriate comments made in the presence of an undercover reporter. Bruce is now earning £120 a week at Abergele Tyres and Exhausts near his home in Towyn, North Wales, but is hoping to kick-start his acting career again soon. He appeared on 'Celebrity Big Brother' in August 2013.
<strong>Played: Karen McDonald (2000–04)</strong> Suranne has starred in a string of hit dramas since leaving the soap including, 'Harley Street', 'Strictly Confidential' and 'Five Days'. In 2011 she played a human version of the TARDIS in 'Doctor Who'. Suranne has also starred in several West End productions, receiving rave reviews for her role in 'Beautiful Thing' in 2013. She's currently one of the female leads in ITV detective drama 'Scott And Bailey'.
<strong>Played: Warren Baldwin (2004-06)</strong> Warren starred in horror film 'Exposé' in 2009, before joining the line-up of skating stars for the 2010 series of 'Dancing On Ice'. In 2012, he performed nude on stage as part of the touring adult comedy theatre show, Wildboyz, alongside Alex Reid. He is now famous for posing for various half-naked photo shoots with girlfriend Chloe Madeley (that's Richard and Judy's daughter).
<strong>Played: Natalie Horrocks (1997-2000)</strong> Having been a regular panellist on 'Loose Women' since 2004, Denise has remained in the spotlight with appearances on 'Dancing On Ice' in 2011 and 'Celebrity Big Brother' in 2012 (which she won) and roles on 'Waterloo Road' and 'Benidorm'. Her 25-year marriage to actor Tim Healy fell apart in 2012, and she subsequently found love with toyboy Lincoln Townley.
<strong>Played: Vera Duckworth (1974, 1976–2008)</strong> Liz quit her role as the formidable Vera after 34 years due to health problems, but made a return as a ghost two years later when her on-screen husband Jack died. Liz has battled problems with emphysema, revealing that only a third of her lungs are still working and that doctors have told her there is nothing more they can do to prolong her life. In May 2013, she suffered a heart attack.
<strong>Played: Raquel Watts (1991–96, 2000)</strong> Since quitting the cobbles, Sarah has gone on to star in a whole host of TV dramas, along with critically acclaimed stints on the West End. She was nominated for an Olivier Award for her role in the stage's 'Betty Blue Eyes', and was also nominated for a BAFTA in 2013, for her role in BBC drama 'Last Tango In Halifax'.
<strong>Played: Fiona Middleton (1992–98)</strong> Angela joined the cast 'Holby City' after leaving The Street, and went on to star in the likes of 'Cutting It', 'Down To Earth' and 'Waterloo Road'. In 2009 she launched her own lunchtime chat show for Sky1 called 'Angela & Friends', but it was axed after nine months. She currently provides the voice of Amy the vet in children's TV series 'Postman Pat'.
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<strong>Played: Liam Connor (2006–08)</strong> Rob is now known worldwide thanks to his role as Thomas Barrow on the smash-hit ITV drama 'Downton Abbey'. He has also appeared in the stage version of 'Calendar Girls'.
<strong>Played: Rosie Webster (2000–12)</strong> You'd have been hard pressed to avoid Helen since she quit 'Corrie', having become one of Britain's most infamous celebs. She appeared on 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!' shortly after leaving the soap, and has since kept herself in the media by stripping off for regular raunchy photoshoots and was voted the Sexiest Woman In The UK by FHM readers in 2013.
<strong>Played: Bet Lynch (1966, 1970–95, 1999, 2002, 2003)</strong> After an ill-fated 'Corrie' comeback in 2003, Julie went on to star in a number of reality TV series including 'I'm Famous And Frightened', 'Celebrity Fit Club' and 'Come Dine With Me'. She had a brief role in 'Hollyoaks' as a B&B owner in 2006, and most recently became a housemate in 'Celebrity Big Brother' in 2012.
<strong>Played: Tracy Barlow (1988-99)</strong> The third actress to play Tracy Barlow auditioned for the part again when bosses brought back the character in 2002, but the role was awarded to Kate Ford. Dawn is now a local DJ, and is a voluntary worker for Beanstalk, an organisation which helps children learn to read. She recently shaved her head in memory of her late mother.
<strong>Played: Janice Battersby (1997–2011)</strong> Vicky quit the show after 14 years in 2011, and landed a role in panto shortly after. However, it was just the start of her stage career, as she then toured the country in Funny Peculiar, along with Suzanne Shaw and Gemma Bissix. Vicky is now starring as Madame Thénardier in the West End production of Les Miserables.
<strong>Played: Hilda Ogden (1964–87)</strong> 'Coronation Street' bosses reportedly wanted Jean to be involved in the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2010, but she declined. In 2012, she announced her retirement from acting.
<strong>Played: Maureen Naylor (1993–97, 2006)</strong> After 'Corrie', Sherrie went on to star in the 2001 revival of daytime soap 'Crossroads'. When the show finished in 2003, she joined the 'Loose Women' panel where she still remains. More recently she starred on sitcom 'Benidorm' as hotel manager Joyce Temple-Savage.
<strong>Played: Toyah Battersby (1997–2003)</strong> Georgia was part of the Golden Globe nominated cast of 'Blackpool' and its follow up 'Viva Blackpool' in 2004 and 2006 respectively. In 2005 she received rave reviews for her role in Christmas is Miles Away at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and the Bush Theatre in London. She then joined 'Casualty' as Doctor Ruth Winters, before quitting in 2011. She is set to star in the seventh series of 'Law & Order: UK' as new prosecutor Kate Barker.
<strong>Played: Alma Baldwin (1981, 1982, 1988, 1989–2001)</strong> After landing a role in 'Bad Girls' in which she starred as 'Costa con' Bev Tull from 2003-2006, Amanda is now a regular on the panto circuit and is set to star as the Fairy Godmother at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft this Christmas.
<strong>Played: Craig Harris (2002–06)</strong> Richard attempted to launch a music career after quitting the soap, achieving mixed success. In 2008, he was invited by Sir Elton John to join him on his Summer stadium tour. He then reinvented himself as a West End star in Ghost: The Musical, which he then starred in on Broadway.
<strong>Played: Shelley Unwin (2001–06)</strong> Now a regular panellist on 'Loose Women', Sally has also starred in Sky1 comedy 'Mount Pleasant'. Along with pal and former 'Corrie' co-star Suranne Jones, she came up with the idea for TV cop drama 'Scott and Bailey', and was originally supposed to star as Scott, before she fell pregnant with twins. She now appears as Alison Bailey, the sister of Suranne's character.
<strong>Played: Judy Mallett (1995-99)</strong> Gaynor won the first series of 'Dancing On Ice' in 2006, and went on to star in the West End adaptation of Calendar Girls in 2009. As of 2012, she is starring in rival soap 'Emmerdale' as Megan Macey.
<strong>Played: Candice Stowe (1999-2005)</strong> Nikki was a contestant on 'The X Factor: Battle Of The Stars' in 2006, being mentored by Sharon Osbourne. She then starred in 'Heartbeat' as Dawn Bellamy between 2008 and 2009, and can currently be seen playing Maxine Minniver in 'Hollyoaks'.
<strong>Played: Samantha Failsworth (1996-98)</strong> Tina went on to star in 'Holby City' for 12 years as nurse Chrissie Williams, before quitting to pursue new roles. She recently teased that she was meeting with the producers of 'Broadchurch', prompting speculation she could star in the hit-drama's second series which will begin filming in 2014.
<strong>Played: Katy Harris (2002–05)</strong> Lucy-Jo's only major role since leaving 'Corrie' was in ITV drama 'Wild At Heart' until 2009, making a brief comeback for the final episode in 2012. In real-life, she is married to her former 'Corrie' co-star Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs, and the couple are currently expecting their first child.
<strong>Played: Adam Barlow (2004-07)</strong> Sam starred in E4 teen series 'Beaver Falls' in 2011 before entering the 'Celebrity Big Brother' house in 2013, where he became the second evictee.
<strong>Played: Denise Osbourne (1992–97, 2007)</strong> Denise played the role of Mother Superior in the first UK tour of Sister Act the musical in 2011, and it was announced in June 2013 that she would be joining the cast of 'Emmerdale' in the role of Joanie - the adoptive grandmother of Amy Wyatt.
<strong>Played: Sunita Alahan (2001–06, 2009–13)</strong> When Sunita was killed off in the Rovers fire in 2013, Shobna wasn't out of a job for long, quickly joining the panel of 'Loose Women'.
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