Coronation Street has played down press reports that Michelle Keegan’s character Tina McIntyre will be killed off next May as part of a major whodunit plotline.
A story in The Sun states that a source told the newspaper: “They’ve been weighing up whether to kill Tina off and now believe it’s the way to get maximum ratings.
“It will set up a cliffhanger leaving viewers guessing who killed her. But Michelle’s fans will be devastated as it means Tina will never be able to return.”
However, a spokesperson for the ITV soap said to RadioTimes.com: “Michelle will be on screen until early summer 2014 and many ideas for Tina’s departure are currently being discussed. Nothing has been finalised.”
On her upcoming exit, Keegan said back in April: “I have had the most amazing six years at Coronation Street and it was such a difficult decision to leave. But I felt it was the right time for me to make the next step in my career.
"I will miss Tina and will always be grateful to ITV and Coronation Street for giving me such an amazing role to play for my first ever acting job. Most of all I will miss the amazing people who work on the show, my acting colleagues, cast, crew, producers and writing team.
“I have met people who I know will be friends for life. I am very excited about what the coming months hold for Tina and what the future has in store for me."
At the time of her announcement, producer Stuart Blackburn added that writers were working on “a powerful and gripping story” to mark Keegan’s departure.