Faye Brookes announces departure from Coronation Street

Faye Brookes announces departure from Coronation Street

Coronation Street star Faye Brookes has said she is leaving the soap for "pastures new".

The actress has appeared in the soap since 2015 as Kate Connor, who is best known for her relationship with Rana Habeeb, played by Bhavna Limbachia.

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Faye Brookes attends The Royal Television Society Programme Awards 2019 ( RTS Awards ) at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London (Photo by Brett Cove / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Faye Brookes and Sair Khan attend The Royal Television Society Programme Awards 2019 ( RTS Awards ) at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London (Photo by Brett Cove / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Faye Brookes attending the British Soap Awards 2018 held at The Hackney Empire, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters EMPICS Entertainment
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Tina O'Brien and Faye Brookes (right) attending the 2017 Television and Radio Industries Club Awards, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.
Faye Brookes attending the 2017 TRIC Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Picture date Tuesday March 14, 2017. Picture credit should read Doug Peters/ EMPICS Entertainment
Faye Brookes attending the National Television Awards 2017 held at the O2, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
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The couple were fondly dubbed "Kana" by fans, although Rana was killed off on their wedding day in March.

Brookes tweeted: "Thanks to everyone for your amazing support, but after 4 fabulous years in Weatherfield it's time for me to explore new opportunities."

She added: "I've loved playing Kate Connor, but she needs a break for a little while and so with a song in my heart I'm off to pastures new. #kana #corrie."

A Coronation Street spokeswoman said: "Faye is a very talented actress who has put her all into the portrayal of Kate Connor for the past three-and-a-half years, we wish her every success for the future.

"She will be on screen until early autumn and the door will be left open."

Viewers were left devastated over the episode in which Rana was killed off in a factory collapse shortly before she was set to tie the knot with Kate.

Brookes' departure from the soap comes after Limbachia, who played the programme's first ever gay Muslim character, announced in January that she would be leaving the show.

Tristan Gemmill also revealed at the weekend that he is leaving Coronation Street after four years playing Robert Preston.

Brookes, 31, has previously starred in theatre productions of shows including Grease and Legally Blonde.

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