Coronation Street actress Claire King is to leave the soap after three years playing feisty Erica Holroyd.
Since joining the show in 2014 when the character returned from Spain with friend Liz McDonald, Erica has become a firm favourite on the Street, forming an unlikely friendship with Mary and taming Corrie lothario Dev Alahan.
Claire made the decision to leave the cobbles to enable her to work on other projects.
Erica will be on screen until August with details of her exit storyline being kept under wraps for viewers.
Claire King commented:
"It's been a dream come true to tread those famous cobbles. I was only meant to stay for 6 weeks initially so for Erica to be so popular that she stayed for 3 years and even worked in the Rovers was a real to compliment to me as an actress.
"I’ve had such a great time with the cast and crew so its fabulous that they have left the door open for Erica to return in the future - who knows what adventures she’ll be getting up 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 Executive Producer Kieran Roberts said:
“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.”