The actor is also known for his role on Casualty.
The BBC described him as an "iconic character who is woven into the fabric of British TV history".
Production on Holby City, Casualty and Doctors has also been halted due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Kate left her 'Corrie' role back in April.
'It’s such a well loved and respected show...'
We shouldn’t forget for a nano second that many don’t have the luxury of fiction
'The show now really revolves around his character.'
'I am completely mortified... I didn't mean to offend anyone.'
He's played Charlie Fairhead on the medical drama for 31 years.