ITV have revealed today that Les Dennis will leave Coronation Street later this year in a dramatic storyline.
The actor joined Coronation Street in 2014 as house burglar, Michael Rodwell, who then began a relationship with Gail Platt after she forgave her uninvited guest.
Explaining his decision, the 62-year-old revealed he had other projects in the pipeline and feels like the right time to explore those opportunities.
He said: “As a lifelong fan of the show, [this] has been a dream come true. Becoming part of the ITV Coronation Street family has been a wonderful experience and my decision to leave was a hard one.
“Earlier this year, thanks to Coronation Street giving me a sabbatical from the show, I was thrilled to be able to produce and star in a sell-out production of Alan Bleasdale’s Down the Dock Road at The Royal Court Liverpool.
I always knew that the time would come when I would want the freedom to do more projects, and now feels like the right time.
“The talented team of writers and producers have come up with a very dramatic exit for Michael on the show which will be exciting to film.
I’ll treasure the two and a half years I have been part of such an iconic show and move on with very fond memories, so many lovely friends and colleagues and an ambition achieved.”
It’s not yet known how Corrie fans will say goodbye to Michael or if he will be killed off.
Coronation Street producer Kate Oates commented: “We’re very sad to see Les leave Coronation Street as he’s an enormously popular and talented actor. He’s brought warmth, wit and integrity to the character of Michael.
We have worked on giving him a great story to ensure a fantastic and dramatic end to his time on the Street. I can’t wait to see it unfold!
“He will be very much missed and we wish him many successes with his new ventures.”
Coronation Street is on ITV tomorrow at 7.30pm.