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Melanie Hill quits Coronation Street after 7 years – to return to Waterloo Road?


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Melanie Hill has quit Corrie after 7 years, could she be returning to the new Waterloo Road series? (Pictures: BBC/REX)

Coronation Street’s Melanie Hill has quit the soap after seven years of playing Cathy Matthews.

The actress, 60, made the ‘extremely emotional’ decision to walk away from Corrie, after ‘thinking about the future’ post-Covid.

Melanie admitted: ‘It’s not been an easy thing to decide.

‘My family has been important but the pandemic has made a lot of people think about the future.’

She added to The Mirror: ‘It has changed a lot of things in my head. You’ve just got to see what’s important to you.’

Melanie confessed she ‘absolutely’ loves her Corrie co-stars but the pandemic has made her think about her family ‘a lot’ and re-evaluate her ‘priorities’.

Melanie has played newsagent Cathy Matthews for seven years (Picture: ITV)

The Sunderland-actress rushed home two weeks ago to look after her 88-year-old mother, and is now looking for roles that could allow her to have more time with family, ‘because soaps are pretty relentless,’ she shared.

‘You never stop, really, and you’re always on call,’ she added.

Although she is stepping away from Corrie, Melanie revealed that her character won’t be killed off, so the ‘door is open’ for her to return in the future.

Melanie admitted it was an ‘extremely emotional’ decision to quit (Picture: ITV)

Speaking about Melanie taking time away, John Whiston, head of ITV in the north, added to The Mirror: ‘We’re sad Melanie is taking time away – she is such a skilled actress that she can deliver sadness and laughter, drama and comedy often in the same scene. We will all miss her hugely.’

The news comes after the announcement earlier this year that Waterloo Road was returning.

The 2022 cast of Waterloo Road will come to BBC later this year! (Picture: BBC/Wall To Wall/Paul Husband)

Melanie’s Corrie co-stars Ryan Clayton, Kym Marsh and Rachel Leskovac will all join the new Waterloo Road cast, with Ryan playing the role of ‘Mike’, Kym cast as Nicky Walters and Rachel as the Head of English, Coral Walker.

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Melanie was a member of the original Waterloo Road series, which aired from 2006, playing dinner lady and head of the school house Maggie Budgen from 2012 before her time on Corrie from 2015.

Maggie was married to grumpy English teacher Grantly Budgen (played by Philip Martin Brown), who sadly died in the series after a tragic storyline where he went through kidney failure.

Further Waterloo Road casting announcements reveal Jo Coffey (EastEnders) joining the school as a PA, Vincent Jerome (Sins of Solitude) playing Lindon King, joint Deputy Head with James Baxter (Alma’s Not Normal) cast as Joe Casey – also Deputy Head.

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Source:: Metro

      

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