Coronation Street star to leave soap after 21 years in emotional scenes

Coronation Street
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Coronation Street has confirmed that a major character, who has been a part of the ITV soap for 21 years, is set to leave.

The character will make his final appearance in upcoming episodes, with the actor portraying him exiting the role after a 16-year stint on the show. Heartbreaking scenes will see the character bid farewell, leaving Weatherfield behind for good.

This follows recent reports and comments from cast members about the sad departure news, before the actor himself finally broke his silence. The Barlow family are set to lose another member next week, as spoilers reveal Simon Barlow is leaving the street to join his dad Peter Barlow on his boat.

Alex Bain on Coronation Street
Alex Bain who plays Simon Barlow will exit the soap after 16 years -Credit:ITV

Peter bid adieu to the street after decades in December, while following that his sister Tracy Barlow also seemed to exit the show for good in an unexpected twist. Now it's Simon's turn to leave the cobbles and his family, as he embarks on a fresh start after facing some difficult times on the show, including a drunk-driving crash.

New spoilers have unveiled heart-breaking scenes next week showing the moment Simon leaves and waves goodbye to his loved ones. They gather to send him off, with stepmother Leanne Battersby in tears.

These scenes will ignite a new mystery involving the character and some cryptic messages, after she disappeared to a retreat with 'the institute' for weeks, without contacting her family. As for Simon, this marks the end of his journey on the show for now, 21 years after his character was born on the soap.

Alex Bain on Coronation Street
Simon will join Peter on his boat trip around the world -Credit:ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Alex Bain, who has portrayed his character for the last 16 years from childhood, recently responded to his imminent departure. Although initial reports hinted that he voluntarily left the show, later claims suggested that the showrunners decided to write him out.

Earlier in March, Alex took to Instagram with a photograph of his dressing room mirror, seemingly bidding it farewell. He wrote alongside his post: "Well my day is done! Nice and short day today! I'm gonna miss this little space some dearly when I go! " He added: "So glad I've got some shooting days left! So thankful!"

Alex Bain with Chris Gascoyne
Alex has starred in Coronation Street since he was a child -Credit:ITV

Viewers are currently watching the Lauren Bolton storyline play out which will reach a dramatic end on Thursday 30 May as the truth of what happened to the missing teen is finally revealed. Roy Cropper is currently behind bars awaiting trial for the girl’s murder, but will the police uncover the true culprit?