Coronation Street has aired Sophie Webster’s exit scenes as actress Brooke Vincent goes on maternity leave.
Impulsively deciding to ditch her studies to join pal Kate Connor on her travels in Cambodia, Soph bid a tearful farewell to mum Sally, dad Kevin, stepdad Tim, little brother Jack and girlfriend Paula Cunliffe on Wednesday 9th October.
- Coronation Street’s Brooke Vincent cradles baby bump on British Soap Awards red carpet
- Coronation Street airs Kate Connor exit as actress Faye Brookes leaves the cast
Paula sensed her other half was feeling unfulfilled, prompted by Kate’s social media posts about her world tour, and encouraged her to embark on a new adventure, initially saying they’d go together until admitting she was staying put so Sophie could broaden her horizons, aware of the age gap in the relationship meaning they were at different stages of their lives.
As Sophie flies the nest, off-screen Vincent, and footballer boyfriend Kean Bryan, prepare for the birth of her first child. The star is widely expected to return to the show in 2020, having played Kev and Sal’s youngest daughter since 2004 when she was just 11 years of age, taking over from Emma Woodward.
Vincent finished filming in late August 2019 and shared a video via Instagram of her last scene, as cast mates including on-screen mum Sally Dynevor presented her with good luck flowers.
The heartfelt post referred to how she had effectively grown up on screen: “15 years ago I came onto the street to play Sophie Webster, and today I left to play my biggest role yet – Mummy!”
View this post on Instagram
???????? I can’t believe 15 years ago I came onto the street to play “Sophie Webster” and today I left to play my biggest role yet “Mummy” my amazing family at Coronation Street I am going to miss you all so much???? thank you for always looking after me, for keeping me on the straight and narrow and for letting me get away with murder over the years. Also @kean8 for making my last day extra special coming home to the best treats!! I really am super lucky!! ????✨
Speaking to RadioTimes.com on the red carpet at the British Soap Awards in June 2019, the Street favourite predicted her ever-growing baby bump would be hidden behind buses, tables, and possibly even a tram by the time she left!
Sophie’s departure throws up questions with regards to the long-term future of her romance with lawyer Paula, with the pair clearly no longer on the same page – does this mean the age-gap romance is over for good?
Are they strong enough to withstand trying things long-distance for a while? Or will Sophie come back (and let’s hope she actually does) with a new love interest?
Visit our dedicated Coronation Street page for all the latest news, interviews and spoilers.