Coronation Street have today confirmed that Kym Marsh is to take a break from her role as Michelle Connor later this year.
Kym joined the cast in 2006 and has been at the centre of some of the show’s biggest storylines during her 13 years on the cobbles.
Kym Marsh said:
"When I was lucky enough to be offered four episodes on Coronation Street I could never in my wildest dreams have thought I’d be here thirteen years later.
“It’s been an incredibly difficult decision but it feels like the right time for me to take a break from the show and explore some other roles.
“But this isn’t the last you’ve heard of Michelle Connor, she’ll be back! I can’t wait to see what the writers have in store for the future.”
Coronation Street Executive Producer John Whiston said:
"Kym has done a fantastic job on the show as Michelle Connor, bringing incredible heart and humanity to some hugely important stories. We will be really sad to lose her when she goes but totally understand that, after dedicating herself to the show for so long and so brilliantly, she now fancies trying something else for a while.
"We, and the audience, thank her and wish her well."