Kym Marsh QUITS Coronation Street after 13 years

Kym Marsh QUITS Coronation Street after 13 years to pursue other acting work… as she admits it was an ‘incredibly difficult decision’

  • Kym, 42, has bowed out of the soap she first joined in 2006
  • The actress has said she is leaving so she can pursue other acting roles 
  • Coronation Street’s executive producer has said he is ‘really sad’ to see her go 

Kym Marsh is leaving Coronation Street after thirteen years playing Michelle Connor.

The actress, 42, revealed it was an ‘incredibly difficult decision’ to bow out of the soap but feels as though it’s the right time for her to seek out other roles.   

She told The Sun: ‘When I was lucky enough to be offered four episodes I could never in my wildest dreams have thought I’d be here 13 years later. 

Bowing out: Kym Marsh, 42, is leaving Coronation Street after thirteen years playing Michelle Connor (pictured in 2018)

‘It’s been an incredibly difficult decision but it feels like the right time for me to explore some other roles.

Coronation Street’s executive producer John Whiston said he was ‘really sad’ to see Kym go after more than a decade with the show.


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He said: ‘Kym has done a fantastic job. We will be really sad to lose her when she goes but totally understand that, after dedicating herself to the show for so long she now fancies trying something else.’

Kym found fame in the pop group Hear’Say which she joined after taking part in the TV series Popstars in 2001.

Tough call: Kym revealed it was an ‘incredibly difficult decision’ to bow out of the soap but feels as though it’s the right time for her to seek out other roles (pictured in 2015) 

 She said: ‘It’s been an incredibly difficult decision but it feels like the right time for me to explore some other roles’ (pictured in 2018)

She made her on screen acting debut four years later in an episode of Doctors before joining Coronation Street in 2006. 

During her time on the show, Kym has been involved in some heavy plots, including suffering a stillbirth, being drugged and kidnapped by her ex-partner Will, and being involved in a car crash with her teenage son Ali.

Speaking previously to The Sunday People about playing Michelle, Kym said: ‘The good thing about playing a character like her, she’s got so many sides. 

‘She can be a b***h, she can be sensitive and she can be feisty too. She’s just so well-rounded.’

Storylines: Kym has been involved in some heavy plots, including suffering a stillbirth, being drugged and kidnapped by her ex-partner Will, and being involved in a car crash (pictured in 2018)

The TV star is set to become a grandmother this year as her daughter Emilie Cunliffe, 21, is expecting her first child.

Kym explained she hopes her own experience as a young mum at 18 with son David, 23, will help Emilie through her pregnancy, revealing that she sat alongside her daughter when she took the pregnancy test.

Emilie told OK! Magazine: ‘I keep thinking, am I really going to be able to do this? For ages I couldn’t actually get the words ‘I’m pregnant’ out of my mouth because I didn’t know how people would react – I even made Mum tell my dad!

‘Luckily I have the most supportive parents in the world and they’re both really excited.’

Family: Kym’s daughter Emilie, 21, is expecting her first child (pictured in January 2019)

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