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The REAL reason Catherine Tyldesley is leaving Coronation Street as actress teases possible return

Mirror logo Mirror 18/04/2018 Dianne Bourne

Catherine Tyldesley standing in front of a store: Credits: ITV © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: ITV

Fans were gutted when Coronation Street favourite Catherine Tyldesley announced she was quitting the cobbles.

The actress is hanging up her hair curlers after more than seven years playing glamorous factory worker Eva Price.

And with her last scenes due to air in June, Cath, 34, revealed the bold decision that prompted her to quit.

“The timing seemed right. My son Alfie doesn’t start at school for another two years so as a family we wanted the chance to travel," she told the Manchester Evening News.

a man and a woman posing for a picture: Credits: ITV © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: ITV And she's not on about a trip to Skegness either.

"I have relatives in Australia, but we didn’t want to go for just a couple of weeks, we’d like to go over there and spend six weeks or more over there and then visit as many countries as possible," she continued.

"[My husband] Tom and I had always talked about travelling and we are keen for Alfie to visit different cultures.

“In between there will hopefully be some exciting projects for me as well.”Catherine has been involved in some hugely gripping storylines since the arrival of producer Kate Oates, and Cath says it was Kate’s arrival that encouraged her to stay longer on the soap than she originally planned.

Cath said: “The decision was already made before Kate Oates had arrived really, but when Kate came I’d been admiring her work at Emmerdale for some time, and I really wanted to work with this lady.

"She’s very inspirational, she’s an absolute powerhouse, she’s genuinely a fantastic role model for women.

a person wearing a dress: Credits: ITV © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: ITV "I desperately wanted to work with her and luckily for me there was much further to stretch with Eva, I’ve been really lucky she’s given me amazing storylines, including stuff that hasn’t been on screen yet, I feel incredibly grateful she gave me the chance to stretch my legs.”

Cath says even she does not yet know how Eva, who is currently hiding the fact she is pregnant with her ex-boyfriend Aidan’s child, will exit the soap, but says: “The last I heard, they’re not killing me off! I genuinely don’t have a clue how Eva goes though, they don’t tell me until a couple of weeks before.”

She says she would love to return to Corrie in future, saying: “Absolutely, I know people say it and don’t but I really do, I’m a huge Corrie fan, the writers have written so well for Eva, and it would be great for Eva to come back.”

a person standing posing for the camera: Credits: Manchester Evening News © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: Manchester Evening News And Cath has been excited to receive her first ever nomination at the British Soap Awards in May - with voting now open.

She said: “It’s lovely that it’s happened this year, I just hope Corrie fans vote for all of their favourites as it’s been a huge year for the show.”

Her former co-star and pal Shayne Ward is also nominated in the awards, and Cath admits she’s been gutted since he filmed his final scenes on the soap last month.

She laughed: “I’m like a bear with a sore head! I keep knocking on people’s doors looking sad, I’ve lost my little playmate.”

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