The actress has confirmed she will be leaving the cobbled streets of Weatherfield in the coming months, explaining she is “ready for a new challenge”.
She said in a statement (via Digital Spy): “It’s been a dream come true to tread those famous cobbles. I was only meant to stay for six weeks initially, so for Erica to be so popular that she stayed for three years and even worked in The Rovers was a real compliment to me as an actress.
“I’ve had such a great time with the cast and crew, so it’s fabulous that they have left the door open for Erica to return in the future – who knows what adventures she’ll be getting up to away from the Street – she’s certainly not boring!
“As for me, I’m ready for another challenge. I’m not leaving the screens anytime soon, so watch this space.”
Coronation Street’s executive producer Kieran Roberts added: “Claire is a wonderful actress and we’ve loved having her on the show. She’s been a great addition to the cast and we wish her every success in the future.”
Claire joined the soap in 2014, when Erica was introduced as a friend of Liz McDonald’s.
She caused a stir when she began a relationship with Nick Tilsley and later fell pregnant with his baby, but later miscarried.
More recently, Erica has embarked upon a relationship with corner shop owner Dev Alahan.
Prior to her ‘Coronation Street’ role, Claire played Emmerdale’s ‘super bitch’ Kim Tate from 1989 to 1999.
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