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Keegan - "I felt it was the right time for me to make the next step in my career"

Coronation Street star Michelle Keegan will be leaving the ITV soap next year.

In a statement, Keegan, who plays Tina McIntyre, said: "I have had the most amazing six years at Coronation Street and it was such a difficult decision to leave. But I felt it was the right time for me to make the next step in my career.

"I will miss Tina and will always be grateful to ITV and Coronation Street for giving me such an amazing role to play for my first ever acting job.

"Most of all I will miss the amazing people who work on the show, my acting colleagues, cast, crew, producers and writing team. I have met people who I know will be friends for life.

"I am very excited about what the coming months hold for Tina and what the future has in store for me."

The soap's producer, Stuart Blackburn, said: "There is more than a year of drama to come for Tina McIntyre before we bid farewell to Michelle and plans are already being made for what will be a powerful and gripping story.

"We will be sorry to see Michelle go but wish her every success for the future."

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