Craig Charles will bid farewell to Coronation Street to film Red Dwarf

He'll swap the cobbles for outer space in autumn after a decade as cabbie Lloyd Mullaney

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ITV has confirmed that Craig Charles is to leave Coronation Street to film the new series of Red Dwarf.

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Charles, who has played cab company owner Lloyd Mullaney for 10 years, will bid farewell to the soap this autumn. He made the decision in order to concentrate on filming two new series of Red Dwarf at the end of the year.

Craig Charles said: “I have had an absolutely fantastic ten years on Coronation Street and I will be very sad to leave. Lloyd has become a huge part of my life and I have made some amazing friends with whom I will always keep in touch.

“But I feel I owe it to my colleagues on Red Dwarf to join them in filming the new series and finding out what is in store for Lister and the others. I would love to return to Coronation Street at some point in the future.”

Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn said: “Craig has provided us with a decade packed with laughter, tears and great drama. It won’t just be Steve who misses Lloyd it will be all of his Corrie friends and colleagues. We wish him all the very best.”

Charles will be on screen until September. Details of his departure storyline are currently being finalised by the Coronation Street writing team.

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