Coronation Street star Natalie Gumede has confirmed that she is leaving the soap.

The actress, who plays Kirsty Soames on the show, revealed the news on her Twitter page yesterday (February 22), saying that she will film her final scenes next week.

Gumede wrote: "I can now confirm what you all suspected: #Corrie is on a Kirsty countdown!! The last 18 months have been incredible, thank you all so much!

"Your support has touched me greatly, and working with the #Corrie team has been an honour and a pleasure."

The actress also thanked Alan Halsall, the co-star of her domestic violence storyline, saying: "Thank you @alanhalsall for your generosity as a person and as an actor! And all of my castmates, crewmates and all who look after us so well.

"After my final #Corrie filming day next week, I will look back with love, and look forward to new adventures xxx"

Gumede's character Kirsty falsley accused ex-fiancé Tyrone Dobbs of domestic violence last month, with Tyrone now having to prove his innocence in court over the coming weeks.