Coronation Street actress Brooke Vincent – who plays Sophie Webster – is to take a break from the ITV soap next year.
The 23-year-old star, who has been a Corrie mainstay since 2004, will have an eight-week leave of absence to play a pregnant mum on stage at the Lowry in Salford.
A source said to the Mirror: “She is just waiting for confirmed dates but the Corrie bosses have been very accommodating. There is never an issue so long as they are given enough notice so they don’t have to re-write scripts.
“It will be Brooke’s first experience of live theatre and bosses are very keen for her to have that.”
The actress is contracted until next summer but is believed to have no intention of ending her time in Weatherfield after that date.
Speaking recently to RadioTimes.com about plans for Sophie, Vincent revealed that the character is set to become a no-nonsense businesswoman after recently quitting her job at Dev’s shop and taking on a key role in dad Kevin’s expanding empire:
“We’ll see her working in the garage rather than getting another girlfriend and something else going wrong. I would like for her to have another girlfriend in the future, but I think it’s good that we’re seeing a different side to her as she advances her career.
“She’s going to be ordering the parts at the new garage – I’m going to be a bossy businesswoman.”
As for whether she’ll be a ruthless operator, Vincent added: “Yes – you should see me in the green room already. I can’t wait.”
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