Departing Coronation Street actress Michelle Collins has said that she has asked the makers of the show not to kill off her character, Stella Price.

In an interview on ITV's This Morning on Friday, Collins, who is leaving the soap next year, said: "I don't know [how I'm leaving], my exit storyline is eight months away, so they'll probably start planning that in October. I have asked them not to kill me off."

On the possibility of making a comeback, she said: "You can never say never - situations change and circumstances change."

Collins continued: "I'm leaving because by the time I do leave, which will be in April/May, I said I would probably stay for three years and my three years are up. It's gone so quickly, it's unbelievable.

"It's been fantastic, but I want to pursue other things. But fundamentally I want to be a mum again. [Daughter] Maia has two years left at school; she's just gone into the sixth form and I just need to be around more for her. She's going to go to uni.

"I had time off for her GSCEs which was great, but next year she'll choose a uni, that kind of thing, and it's so important. It's only me so I need to be there, I'm a single parent."