After 9 years of playing the sassy Carla Connor, actress Alison King is leaving the Cobbles at the end of the year.
Alison joined the soap back in 2006 (when having an MSN account was the epitome of coolness), and this week told bosses she plans on leave when he contract expires this December.
ITV bosses have insisted she’s promised to return, however they’ve made no definite plans for a comeback.
The 42 year old will be the latest main character to leave the Street but she won’t be going quietly. Apparently she will be at the centre of an explosive storyline in coming weeks involving a fire in the Street.
A Corrie spokeswoman said: “Alison King has indicated to producers that she would like to take a sabbatical from the show for creative reasons at some point in 2016. She wishes to try her hand at other projects before returning to the part of Carla Connor, a role she has enjoyed playing for nine years.”
She added: “Before Ali takes her break Carla has much more drama to come. At the end of this month she will be central to the explosive storyline which sees Victoria Court go up in flames, and the aftermath of that plotline will have huge consequences for the factory boss. Ali’s desire to take a break from the show gives the writers the opportunity to come up with a enthralling exit for the character.”
One soap insider said: “Alison is not the first big name to quit in recent months. Michelle Keegan, Chris Gascoyne and Julie Hesmondhalgh have all gone in the past year. Corrie is a huge soap and a massive part of the ITV schedule, but behind the scenes things aren’t as good as they have been in the past.”
As we all know, Carla has never had a quiet life during her time on the Street; with death, rape and murderous partners all wrapped up into almost 10 years.
Recently, viewers witnessed her budding romance with Nick Tilsley falling to pieces after his former fling Erika Holroyd revealed she is pregnant.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, Carla will also be caught up in a house fire later this month! Poor woman just can’t catch a break!