Actor Charlie Condou is to leave Coronation Street in the summer of 2014 after his character Marcus Dent falls for Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley).
The openly gay Marcus caused a stir last year when he fell in love with hairdresser and single mum Maria (Samia Ghadie). The pair moved in together and Marcus became a father figure to her son Liam. But the new storyline will see Marcus begin to question his feelings for Maria after Todd sets his sights on him.
Speaking of his decision to leave the ITV soap, Condou said: “I’ve had a fantastic time at Corrie but feel it’s time for me to move on. I was only meant to return for three months and ended up staying for three years! The producers have been really supportive and are leaving the door open for Marcus, which is great, and my exit will certainly be explosive.”
Show bosses are promising that Marcus’s involvement with Todd will “divide the residents of Coronation Street”. Producer Stuart Blackburn added: “I will be incredibly sad to see Charlie go and wish him well for what I know will be an exciting future.”
Back in October, Condou admitted to RadioTimes.com that 2013 had been a quiet year for both Marcus and Maria, explaining that Ghadie’s appearance on Dancing on Ice had had a big effect on their plotlines. But he went on to reveal that he was looking forward to the ructions in the pair’s relationship:
“I don’t think anyone has a happy ever after in soap. Everyone wants to see a bit of drama and there’s definitely going to be a lot of that. I welcome it with open arms.”
Sign up to the Radio Times newsletter for the latest TV and entertainment news