Coronation Street exit: Les Dennis says Michael Rodwell’s departure is “very dramatic”

The actor is set to leave Weatherfield later this year

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Les Dennis is to leave Coronation Street as part of what the actor describes as “a very dramatic storyline”.

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The Corrie star – who plays reformed burglar Michael Rodwell – has recently been seen reuniting with estranged wife Gail. However, Michael is also wise to the machinations of evil Pat Phelan, who is certainly not a man to be crossed.

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Speaking about his decision to depart, Dennis said today: “As a lifelong fan of the show, playing Michael Rodwell in Coronation Street has been a dream come true. Becoming part of the ITV Coronation Street family has been a wonderful experience and my decision to leave was a hard one.

“Earlier this year, thanks to Coronation Street giving me a sabbatical from the show, I was thrilled to be able to produce and star in a sell-out production of Alan Bleasdale’s Down the Dock Road at The Royal Court Liverpool. I always knew that the time would come when I would want the freedom to do more projects, and now feels like the right time.

“The talented team of writers and producers have come up with a very dramatic exit for Michael on the show which will be exciting to film. I’ll treasure the two and a half years I have been part of such an iconic show and move on with very fond memories, so many lovely friends and colleagues and an ambition achieved.”

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Producer Kate Oates added: “We’re very sad to see Les leave Coronation Street as he’s an enormously popular and talented actor.

“He’s brought warmth, wit and integrity to the character of Michael. We have worked on giving him a great story to ensure a fantastic and dramatic end to his time on the Street. I can’t wait to see it unfold!

“He will be very much missed and we wish him many successes with his new ventures.”

During his two years in Weatherfield, Michael has gone from housebreaker to taxi driver and has romanced both Gail and Eileen. But will he come a cropper thanks to tensions with Phelan? All will be revealed when Les Dennis bows out later in 2016.

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of Coronation Street below.

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