After telling Coronation Street bosses that she wanted to leave the show, Julie Hesmondhalgh knew her character Hayley Cropper would face a difficult end.
“I knew ultimately Hayley would have to die because she’d never leave Roy,” Hesmondhalgh tells Radio Times magazine (on sale Tuesday 16th July).
Even when writers suggested an alternative ending for Hesmondhalgh’s character in order to leave the door open for a return, she admits it wouldn’t have rung true.
“One of the writers told me they were willing to send Hayley to Africa for ten years, but it just wouldn’t have been right,” Hesmondhalgh says.
As a staple of the soap since 1998, it’s going to be heartbreaking for viewers as they say goodbye to Hayley after a battle with pancreatic cancer, but Hesmondhalgh is looking on the bright side.
“It’s very true to Hayley and Roy and what they’ve had for 15 years. There’s no mawkishness – it’s being done with real Corrie flair.”
Read David Brown’s full interview with Julie Hesmondhalgh in this week’s Radio Times magazine (on sale Tuesday 16th July)