Coronation Street star Malcolm Hebden, who plays Norris Cole, is taking a break from the show.
The 78-year-old first appeared in the soap as the much-loved character in 1994.
Before being cast as Norris, who works in The Kabin, he played another Weatherfield character, Carlos, in 1974.
An ITV source as saying that the Chester-born actor, known for his busybody alter-ego, is currently away from the soap and "bosses do not know when he will be back".
Talking about his classic character, Hebden previously said: