After 10 years in the ‘Corrie’ role, her co-stars revealed on Twitter on Thursday that it was her final day on set, with Ryan Thomas - who announced last year he was also stepping down from his role as Jason Grimshaw - among the first to wish her luck as she bids farewell to the cobbles.
Sharing a photo of the two of them on Instagram, he wrote: “My bestie Ali King leaves today, a new start a new beginning wishing all the luck in the world and 3 weeks time I'll be joining her.”
Similarly, Antony Cotton expressed his sadness at waving off one of his colleagues, tweeting: “Weatherfield won't be the same without her. I am bereft.”
Alison’s ‘Corrie’ departure has been a long time coming, as she first announced she was leaving the ITV soap just under a year ago.
Reports at the time suggested that she was only taking a temporary break, but she set the record straight in January, insisting: “It's been put out there that I'm taking a sabbatical, but I'm not. They’ve very graciously left the doors open for me to come back if I want to. And I haven't ruled that out. But this is a new chapter for me.
“Creatively, I miss being other people. It’s what I went to drama school for. I love playing diverse characters and meeting new people. And, truthfully, I also want to be able to get my voiceover career going again. There’s all sorts of things that I used to do, which I can’t do while I’m on Coronation Street. So, those are the reasons, really.”
Alison’s ‘Corrie’ departure is to air later this year, with this summer’s shocking storylines revolving around other members of the Underworld factory.
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