Coronation Street star Sue Johnston is leaving the soap, it has been announced.

The 69-year-old actress, who has played the character of Gloria Price on the ITV show since September, will bow out from the role next spring.

The Sun reports that Johnston wishes to pursue other acting roles, however, producers are expected to leave the door open for a possible return in the future.

A Coronation Street spokesperson told the newspaper: "Sue will be on screen until early spring 2014 when Gloria will leave Weatherfield for the time being."

A source added: "Bosses hoped to keep her for longer, but understand she wants to do other things. But they have no intention of killing Gloria off."