Coronation Street star Charlie Condou has said that it was the "right time to leave" the ITV soap.
Condou is set to exit Corriw as Marcus Dent next week, after his relationship with Todd Grimshaw ends badly.
The actor appeared on Good Morning Britain today (July 9) to speak about exiting the show, saying: "It was really sad and it was a difficult decision to make, but I never planned on being there forever and ever. I'm based in London, my kids are in London, my partner, my family.
"I was in Corrie for a year. I left for a few years and then I went back just for three months. They asked me to stay and before I knew it, I'd done another three and a half years. I think once I'd made the decision to go, I realised that it had to be sooner rather than later. So it was sad but it felt like the right thing to do.
"It's been brilliant. I've had a fantastic time and I've loved it, particularly with everything that's happened with Marcus being a gay man and then suddenly falling in love with a woman, and then of course leaving that woman for another man! It's been complex, but I've had a great time."
Condou also opened up about a possible Corrie return in the future, saying: "They were really nice. They left the door open for me, so you never know what might happen in the future."