Corrie star announces her shock departure

Viewers will be sad to see her go

In soaps, there are always characters we’d be pretty happy to see head off into that great big soap sunset.

But news has emerged today has left us feeling pretty blue.

Why? Because the fabulous Debbie Rush has announced that she is quitting Coronation Street.

Debbie Rush has played Anna Windass for nine years (Credit: ITV)

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Yes the cobbles favourite, who plays Anna Windass, has decided to embark on a life elsewhere after nine years of tears, tantrums and hotpots.

The Coronation Street website revealed the news with the actress confessing: “I’ve had an amazing nine years and the decision to leave was not made lightly.

“I love playing Anna and will miss working with the fantastic cast and crew.

“I don’t know what the future holds but I am excited to explore what other acting opportunities are out there.”

She will leave the soap in 2018 (Credit: ITV)

Well, usually, it’s a stint in Holby or Casualty, or the lead in a gritty drama that scoops BAFTAs.

But don’t worry folks.

For those of you who love Debbie, you can continue to enjoy her for sometime as she’s not rushing off in a hurry – she’ll be on screen for a good while yet and will be in the thick of it on the cobbles until 2018.

“I am very grateful for all the brilliant storylines I have been given during my time on Coronation Street,” she said. “And am very much looking forward to what is in store for Anna in the run up to my departure next year.”

Debbie says she has really enjoyed the storylines scriptwriters have dreamt up for her (Credit: ITV)

It’s been reported that Debbie gave her bosses at the show a fairly long notice period so they could dream up a brilliant storyline for her to exit with.

“Debbie decided she wanted a new challenge,” a source told The Sun.

“So when it came to signing her new one-year deal she told show boss Kate Oates — and Kieran Roberts, the show’s exec producer — she would be leaving once that was up.

“They completely understood and despite wanting her to stay, gave her their blessing to move on.

“Debbie wanted to give them loads of time to think of a great way to see Anna leave the cobbles.”

What’s next for Debbie? (Credit: ITV)

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We can’t wait to see what the writers dream up.