Coronation Street's Michelle Keegan is "gutted" her character Tina McIntyre will be killed off the popular soap.

The 26-year-old decided to quit her role of Tina McIntyre after six years on the soap, but she admits she had hoped for a more uplifting exit storyline.

Speaking to OK! magazine, Keegan said: "I was gutted to find out, but I was gutted for Tina more than anything because I always thought she was one of those characters that could come back in the future.

"She's got no family and I thought a relative could come in for her because she's not had a very good life. Her dad died, she hasn't had much luck with men - and then her life is over."

Michelle further explained that she was confused about the producers' decision to kill her off, adding: "The producers' said, 'That's fine, we'll leave the door open' and then told me they were killing Tina off, which surprised me a bit.

"Initially, I think they were going to leave the door open then they had a big story conference and this amazing plot came up that was too hard to pass. Looking at it now, I'd rather go out with a bang than off in a black cab. Corrie is brilliant so I know I will enjoy this as an actress."

However, Keegan further admitted that she is "fine" with the decision, saying: "I am totally fine with it as the writing will be amazing and I work with so many talented people.

"I also would have always been asked that question, 'Are you going to go back to 'Corrie' in the future?' So it's ruled a line under that."

It's believed that Keegan's character will be murdered in a mystery plot, in May.