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Coronation Street star Ellie Leach set to exit after 12 years on the soap

Coronation Street star Ellie Leach is set for an exit after 12 years on the soap.

The actress has played Faye Windass on the ITV soap since 2011, but The Sun have reported that she will be departing the show later this year, with her final scenes set to air in July.

As per the report, Faye will not be killed off, with Leach wanting to try her hand at other acting roles, leaving the door open for a potential return to the cobbled streets.

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The character’s storylines on the soap over the past decade have included becoming pregnant at the age of 13, suffering with premature menopause and a stint in prison after attacking Adam Barlow.

Faye’s recent arc sees her reconnecting with her daughter, Miley, who went to live with father Jackson Hodge in Canada after Faye decided she wasn’t ready to become a parent.

“I was really excited. I feel like it will be good for Faye to try and build a bond with her daughter after she has had so much heartbreak over the years,” Leach said of the storyline. “Faye has had such a tough time and it would be great for Faye to have a relationship with Miley.

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“Colson Smith and I have been looking back at pictures of ourselves from the teenage pregnancy storyline and we can’t believe how young we look! It’s crazy to think that in that storyline Miley was born and in this storyline, she is here now as a child.

“I have looked back at pictures of the scenes of when I gave birth as Faye and some christening pictures and I was holding a baby and now it’s like, she’s all grown up,” she added. “I just can’t believe how long ago the teenage pregnancy storyline was because it literally feels like two minutes ago.”

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and streams on ITVX.

Read more Coronation Street spoilers on our dedicated homepage

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