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Tuesday 20th August 2019

Faye Brookes reveals first role after leaving Coronation Street

It's a U-turn from playing Kate Connor...

Actress Faye Brookes has shared exciting news with her fans - her first role after leaving the famous cobbled streets of Coronation Street behind.

Faye, who plays Kate Connor, will be leaving the ITV soap in the coming weeks, but it won't be long before she'll be performing again.

Faye in her role as Kate in Corrie (Credit: ITV)

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On Tuesday (June 11), the 31-year-old revealed she'll be appearing in panto as Snow White.

Faye will be starring opposite Birds of a Feather actress Lesley Joseph - wicked witch, natch - and Joe McElderry as The Spirit in the Mirror.

Faye, who is engaged to former Pop Idol star Gareth Gates, told her 154,000 Instagram followers that she's heading to Birmingham Hippodrome this festive season.

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She wrote: "Here it is... The official announcement of @brumhippodrome Panto 2019 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Book tickets now; https://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/. Come join us this Christmas #snowwhite #sing #dance #act #pantomime #birmingham #theatre #qdospantomimes #panto #love."

Fans were quick to congratulate her, with one responding: "Snow White never looked so beautiful 💞💞 You're going to be amazing."

Snow White never looked so beautiful. You're going to be amazing.

Another said: "Oh my god you look so sweet 😭 Congratulations Faye, you'll smash it!"

"I can't wait to watch you," typed a third.

Faye is expected to leave Coronation Street in September, with the door being left open for her to come back.

She recently told The Sun that she was hoping to return to musical theatre.

She said: "I'm really grateful to Corrie to leave it open-ended, because it means I could come back. But I might go on to do more television.

"Who knows if I could go back to my old roots of theatre. I miss live musical theatre, I miss singing, I miss dancing. I really am excited about what could come next."

Kate's fiancée died in her arms on what should have been their wedding day (Credit: ITV)

Before starring in Corrie, Faye was known for her work in the theatre and starred in Grease, Shrek and Legally Blonde.

She announced she was leaving the ITV soap earlier this year.

Faye explained: "Thanks to everyone for your amazing support but, after four fabulous years in Weatherfield, it's time for me to explore new opportunities.

"I've loved playing Kate Connor, but she needs a break for a little while and so with a song in my heart I'm off to pastures new."

Faye's character Kate has had an eventful and sometimes painful time on Coronation Street, losing brother Aidan to suicide last year, and her fiancée Rana in the tragic factory roof collapse.

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