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'Coronation Street': Emily Bishop Actress Eileen Derbyshire 'To Take A Break From ITV Soap'

‘Coronation Street’ legend Eileen Derbyshire is to take some time out away from the cobbles, it has been reported.

The soap veteran, who has played Emily Bishop in the ITV soap for over five decades, has reportedly asked for six months off in 2016, though she is expected to return.

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Eileen, in character as Emily Bishop

The newspaper have claimed that Emily - the soap’s longest-standing female character, with 54 years on the cobbles under her belt - could take a trip to South America to see her nephew, Spider, to explain six-month absence from the show.

Eileen’s rumoured break comes at a time when several of the soap’s principal characters are due for some time off.

Emily and co-star Malcolm Hebden shared screentime with Sir Ian McKellen, when he guest starred on the soap

Alison King, who plays Carla Connor, had initially intended to leave the show earlier this year, but was eventually persuaded to take a year out instead, while Brooke Vincent (Sophie Webster) and David Nielsen (Roy Cropper) will also be spending some time away from the soap in the near future.

Craig Charles also recently left the cobbles for good, after 10 years playing Lloyd Mullaney, to film the forthcoming new series of ‘Red Dwarf’.

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