Coronation Street actress Claire King is to leave the soap after three years playing feisty Erica Holroyd. 

King - who previously played Kim Tate on rival soap Emmerdale - is reported to have made the decision to exit in order to work on other projects.

Erica will be on screen until August, but details of her final storyline are being kept under wraps. Commenting today, King said: "It's been a dream come true to tread those famous cobbles. I was only meant to stay for six weeks initially so for Erica to be so popular that she stayed for three years and even worked in the Rovers was a real to 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 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."

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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