ALMA OUITS STREET; I want to move on, says star.
Actress Amanda Barrie said she wants to move on after 11 years with the popular show.
Alma has been involved in a string of gripping storylines - from her bitter divorce from wideboy Mike Baldwin to the recent armed siege at supermarket Freshco's, where she worked.
Yesterday, Amanda, 65, said: "I thought it was about time I bowed out in the hope that there's one more show in me.
"I want to endlessly thank Granada and Coronation Street.
"I've had a very happy time and I feel blessed and proud to have been in the show. But everything has its time.
"I feel it's time to hand over to the youngsters in the show, who I think are so brilliant."
Amanda's departure will be seen next year as the show celebrates its 40th birthday.
Executive producer Jane Macnaught said: "We are sorry to see Amanda go and wish her well for the future.
"She has been a much-loved character and we truly appreciate her loyalty and commitment to the show. I respect her decision and appreciate that she feels she has to move on. We will now work on an exciting exit for the character."
Amanda appeared in a string of comedy films - including the title role in Carry On Cleo as well as in Disney's One Of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing - before landing her role in Corrie.
Her departure follows a recent exodus from the show. Among those who have left are Charlie Lawson, who played fiery Jim McDonald, Jane Danson (Leanne Battersby) and Martin Hancock (Spider Nugent).
Amanda said: "As both the show and I have reached special birthdays this year, I thought it was about time I bowed out.
"This is something I've been thinking about for ages but couldn't face up to the emotion of leaving or tear myself away."
A spokeswoman for the show said the actual date of departure would depend on the storylines.
"We don't know how she will leave. It is a long way away," she added.
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