Lucy Fallon announces departure from Coronation Street

Lucy Fallon announces departure from Coronation Street

Coronation Street star Lucy Fallon has announced she will be leaving the soap after four years as Bethany Platt.

The 23-year-old joined the cast as the daughter of Sarah Platt (Tina O'Brien) and won the best actress and best female dramatic performance at last year's British Soap Awards.

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Lucy Fallon attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 23, 2018. See PA story SHOWBIZ NTAs. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
File photo dated 12/12/18 of Coronation Street star Lucy Fallon, who has announced she will be leaving the soap after four years as Bethany Platt.
Lucy Fallon attends the Vincent Kompany Tackle4MCR Gala Fundraising Testimonial Dinner at the Hilton Hotel
Lucy Fallon attending the British Soap Awards 2018 held at The Hackney Empire, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters EMPICS Entertainment
Lucy Fallon attending the British Soap Awards 2018 held at The Hackney Empire, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters EMPICS Entertainment
Lucy Fallon attending the British Soap Awards 2018 held at The Hackney Empire, London.
Lucy Fallon attending the NHS Heroes Awards at the Hilton Hotel in London on May 14, 2018.
(left to right) Julia Goulding, Lucy Fallon, and Kym Marsh attending at the NHS Heroes Awards at the Hilton Hotel in London on May 14, 2018.
Lucy Fallon attending the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 23, 2018. See PA story SHOWBIZ NTAs. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Lucy Fallon in the press room after the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Lucy Fallon in the press room after the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Lucy Fallon with her award for best serial drama performance at the National Television Awards 2018 held at the O2 Arena, London.
Lucy Fallon attending the Inside Soap Awards 2017 held at The Hippodrome Casino in London.
Lucy Fallon attending the Inside Soap Awards 2017 held at The Hippodrome Casino in London.
Lucy Fallon attending the British Soap Awards 2017, held at the Lowry Theatre, in Salford, Manchester. Photo Copyright should read Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Lucy Fallon attending the British Soap Awards 2017 at The Lowry, Salford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday 3 June, 2017. See PA Story SHOWBIZ Soap. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/PA Wire
Lucy Fallon attends Supersonic Premiere - Manchester 2nd October 2016.
Lucy Fallon arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. See PA story NTAs. Picture date: Wednesday January 20, 2016. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Lucy Fallon attending the British Soap Awards at the Palace Hotel, Manchester
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In a statement, Fallon said: "After the most incredible 4 years, I have made the extremely difficult decision to leave Coronation Street at the end of my contract in 2020.

"It's hard to put into words how much this show means to me.

"I've made lifelong friends with some of the most talented and hardworking people in the industry, I've had some terrific and immensely important storylines and I've laughed with the best people everyday.

"I'm so thankful to (producer) Iain and everyone at Coronation Street, I owe everything to them and I will miss them greatly."

She later tweeted that the decision was "nothing to do" with anyone else on the cobbles.

Faye Brookes, who plays fellow Weatherfield resident Kate Connor, announced earlier this week in a tweet that she is leaving the soap for "pastures new".

Faye Brookes (Matt Crossick/PA)
Faye Brookes (Matt Crossick/PA)

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

Producer Iain Macleod said: "Lucy advised us at the start of this year that she would like to leave at the end of her current contract in 2020 to pursue other projects.

"She is an amazing performer and has been at the centre of some huge stories for us during her time on the show.

"I have no doubt that her stellar career will continue beyond the cobbles and would like to wish her all the best in whatever she does next – starting with the brilliant final chapter of Bethany's story."

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