Coronation Street boss Stuart Blackburn has been talking about the upcoming exit of former Rovers Return landlady Stella Price (Michelle Collins), which is set to be broadcast at the end of April.
Speaking today to RadioTimes.com, the show’s producer said: “It’s all tied up in a big story involving Leanne. But it’s a quiet exit for Stella because we’ve got so many massive ones coming up. She’s trying to do the right thing by her daughter and she realises that perhaps her absence might help Leanne.
“Stella is also looking at her mum Gloria’s lust for life and thinking to herself, ‘I’m not dead yet. I’m only 50. There’s a whole world out there’. Hopefully, her departure will be gentle, moving, truthful and one which leaves the door open.”
Michelle Collins – who previously played Cindy Beale in rival soap EastEnders – announced her decision to quit Coronation Street back in August 2013. At the time, the actress said:
“Stella Price has been a revelation to play. So much has happened to the character since we discovered she was Leanne’s real mum. From catching Karl with barmaid Sunita to her near death experience in the Rovers fire, I’ve loved playing Stella and will be very sorry to leave her behind.
“Creatively I need to play other roles and I’ve ambitions as an actress that I’d like to fulfil. I’m also looking forward to spending more time with my daughter Maia.”