Corrie star Marc Anwar 'sacked over anti-Indian tweets'


Coronation Street star Marc Anwar has reportedly been sacked from the soap for alleged "racially offensive" tweets about Indian people.

The Sunday Mirror said the Pakistan-born actor made the comments on Twitter on Friday and was dismissed after the paper alerted ITV bosses.

Marc Anwar arriving for the 2014 British Soap Awards at The Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St, London.

Marc, 45, who has appeared in Hollywood films such as Captain Phillips and 51st State, will not return to his role as Sharif Nazir in the long-running soap.

The paper published a screenshot of the alleged tweets from Marc's account, which has privacy protections, appearing to hit out at India over Kashmir and call for Pakistani actors to stop working in the country.

The paper quoted an ITV statement as saying: "We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar.

"We have talked to Marc and, as a consequence of his comments, he will not be returning to Coronation Street with immediate effect."