Kym Marsh is hopeful Coronation Street bosses will not kill off her character Michelle Connor - and insists she's just taking a break from the show.

The 42-year-old soap star announced last month that she is leaving the ITV soap, but is now stating she's only taking "a break" from the programme - once the producers don't do away with her on-screen character.

Speaking on chat show Loose Women she was asked whether or not Michelle might die. "Well, I hope not", Marsh replied, before adding that she'd like to return to the soap. "I've said I'm taking a break, so yeah. I think it's just a break for me."

Marsh has been part of the fabric of life in Weatherfield for a hefty 13 years, and wants to try out a few other things before rejoining the long-running soap.

Of her time there she said: "It has flown by and I've had such a wonderful time on that show. I've learnt so much and I've made friends for life.

Kym Marsh as Michelle in Coronation Street

"But it's time for me to take a little break. I just want to scratch a few itches."

Among the things she aims to do with her time is to be with her daughter Emilie Cunliffe, who's due to give birth to a baby boy

"It was a big shock for all of us when we found out she was pregnant, but we're all so excited," Marsh said on Loose Women.

"She's had a wonderful pregnancy. She's not had any sickness, she's sailed through it. She's still working 40-hour weeks. I'm really excited."

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