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Corrie announces a shock exit for Erica Holroyd

Digital Spy logo Digital Spy 5 days ago Daniel Kilkelly
Claire King as Erica © ITV Claire King as Erica

Coronation Street star Claire King is waving goodbye to the cobbles after nearly three years as Erica Holroyd.

The soap favourite, also still fondly remembered for her role as Emmerdale's Kim Tate, will bow out on screen in August.

Claire is leaving Corrie of her own accord to concentrate on other projects and show bosses are currently keeping tight-lipped about how they'll write Erica out, although it's thought that she won't be killed off.

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Announcing her decision, Claire explained: "It's been a dream come true to tread those famous cobbles. I was only meant to stay for 6 weeks initially, so for Erica to be so popular that she stayed for 3 years and even worked in The Rovers was a real compliment to me as an actress.

"I've had such a great time with the cast and crew, so it's fabulous that they have left the door open for Erica to return in the future – who knows what adventures she'll be getting up to away from the Street – she's certainly not boring!

"As for me, I'm ready for another challenge. I'm not leaving the screens anytime soon, so watch this space."

Coronation Street's executive producer Kieran Roberts added: "Claire is a wonderful actress and we've loved having her on the show. She's been a great addition to the cast and we wish her every success in the future."

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Erica was initially introduced as an old friend of Liz McDonald's, who turned up on the Street after time living away in Spain.

After a brief relationship with Nick Tilsley, Erica settled into another romance with shop owner Dev Alahan – but it's rumoured that there could be trouble ahead for the pair.

Earlier this week, paparazzi pictures sparked speculation that Erica could be heading for an affair with Kevin Webster, who's having relationship trouble with Anna Windass. Could this ultimately be tied in with how Erica leaves the Street?

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV.

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