Coronation Street's Alison King has filmed her last scenes and its stars are 'bereft'


Alison King has said farewell to Coronation Street by filming her last scenes for the long-running ITV soap.

The actress, who has played Carla Connor since 2006, said that while the show's producers have made it possible for her to return, she is calling it quits.

On social media, Corrie colleagues have been posting their best wishes to the 43-year-old star.

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Ryan Thomas, who is also soon to depart after 15 years playing builder Jason Grimshaw, shared a photo on Instagram. The message was captioned: "So my bestie Ali King leaves today, a new start a new beginning wishing all the luck in the world and 3 weeks time I'll be joining her."

Antony Cotton, who plays the Street's Sean Tully, tweeted that he was "bereft" at the thought of Alison's departure.

Daniel Brocklebank, who plays vicar Billy Mayhew, also posted a message on Twitter about the last day of filming with the Leicester-born actress.

Alison has said she only ever planned to be in the Weatherfield soap for four years initially.

A key member of the Corrie cast, her character has been through the mill since she arrived on Coronation Street with husband Paul Connor (played by Sean Gallagher) and brother-in-law Liam Connor, who was played by Rob James-Collier before the actor left for Downton Abbey.

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Carla's numerous trials and tribulations have included the breakdown of her first marriage to Paul, her second to Tony Gordon (Gray O'Brien) and her third to Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne).

Carla was a victim of rape, she was held hostage and battled alcoholism, and she later attempted suicide.

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However, for many fans, the most memorable storyline was Carla's torrid love triangle with Liam and his wife Maria (Samia Ghadie).

The doomed love affair ended brutally in 2008 when Carla's jealous husband Tony hired someone to murder Liam.