Charlie Condou, who plays Marcus Dent, is set to leave Coronation Street in a dramatic storyline that is set to rock the cobbles.
Marcus will fall for the charms of the newly returned Todd, leading him to question his feelings for girlfriend Maria.
Charlie has agreed to extend his current contract to early summer 2014 to see the storyline through to its dramatic conclusion.
Speaking of his decision to leave the soap Charlie said: “I've had a fantastic time at Corrie but feel it's time for me to move on. I was only meant to return for three months and ended up staying for three years! The producers have been really supportive and are leaving the door open for Marcus which is great, and my exit will certainly be explosive.”
My exit will certainly be an explosive storyline...
– Charlie Condou, who plays Marcus
The character of Marcus set tongues wagging when, despite being openly gay, he fell in love with hairdresser and single mum Maria, they moved in together and he became a father to her son Liam.
Now Todd, played by Bruno Langley, has returned to Weatherfield and he soon sets his sights on Marcus - refusing to believe that the handsome midwife can resist his charms.
Manipulative Todd will get his wish in the New Year in the start of a storyline that will divide the residents of Coronation Street.
Producer Stuart Blackburn said: “I will be incredibly sad to see Charlie go and wish him well for what I know will be an exciting future.”