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Goodbye Julie

Unlucky in love Julie Carp is to bid farewell to Weatherfield after yet another disastrous love affair.

Her relationship with Dev will start to unravel on his return from India - forcing Julie to re-think her life and decide to move away.

Actress Katy Cavanagh has decided to leave Coronation Street at the end of her current contract, she will be on screen until late spring.

Katy said: “I have decided it's time to take a break from the cobbles and pursue other projects and opportunities.

"I have loved every minute in the world of Julie Carp and I'm not ruling out a return to the Street in the future. However I am looking forward to a new challenge and a pair of flat shoes."

Stuart Blackburn said: “Julie Carp has become a warm, wonderful and eccentric character able to raise a laugh and a tear in the same scene.

"Everyone at Corrie wishes Katy all the very best and hopefully as far as Julie is concerned, the cobbles haven't seen the last of her.”

Julie first appeared in April 2008 when she came to the Rovers to meet Kirk, with whom she had just enjoyed a romance while on holiday in Cyprus. After almost a year together, Julie began to get fed up with Kirk and was contemplating how to dump him when he beat her to it.

Julie then had a drunken snog with Jason but things went no further when it was revealed that Eileen's father was also Julie's, and Jason her nephew!

The following year she met Brian Packham. Their first date was interrupted by his wife Margaret's arrival....

Brian had led her to believe he was divorced, so Julie sent him packing. Their paths crossed again in 2011 and they fell head over heels - Brian was now divorced.

Their biggest trial came in 2012 when Julie believed she was pregnant but was actually found to have a growth on her ovaries. She had a hysterectomy. In 2013, Julie decided to look into fostering children but Brian wasn't keen, and accepted a job in Wales. When Julie found out, she refused to go with him and furiously banished him from her life.

In 2014, Julie took a shine to Dev Alahan but when he wasn't forthcoming, she went on a date with his friend Dominic Saul. She was touched when Dev told lies about her to Dominic in a bid to scupper any romance, and fell into Dev's arms.

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