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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Craig Charles reveals why he's leaving Coronation Street

Craig Charles, who plays Coronation Street cabbie Lloyd Mullaney, is leaving the show later this year.  Craig was interviewed on ITV's This Morning today and in a moving interview he revealed his reasons for leaving Corrie.

He said: "My brother died last year, he was 52. I'm 51 and when he died, I'm sure you know I was in Australia (filming I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here) and I just thought 'there's things I've got to do. I've got to do some things, before it's my time, you know?' And Coronation Street is such a big part of your life that there's some things you don't get the chance to do."

He also talks about bringing his love of music into Coronation Street as Lloyd and the cross-over episode of Red Dwarf which was filmed on the cobbles.

He's signed a deal with Sony records and is bringing out a record on September 18, a compilation funk and soul album. 

He's also working with the 90 piece BBC Philharmonic orchestra on an epic poem called Scary Fairy and the Tales of the Dark Wood in time for Halloween.

And in November he starts filming two series of Red Dwarf which will take him up to March 2016 when he'll be free. Let's hope Corrie will have him back on the Street!

Craig has already admitted he doesn't really want to leave Coronation Street. Read that here.

You can watch the interview here.

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Catman said...

Only good wishes, and don't over do it!

Anonymous said...

he will be surely missed - I can't imagine how Steve is going to survive without his sidekick. I always felt that the writers just told Steve & Lloyd the gist of the conversation and let the two of them just adlib. It was so natural and pure comedy gold. I just hope SB doesn't decide to kill him off so Craig Charles has no chance of coming back. Corrie lately tends to kill off actors who decide not to renew their contracts.

C in Canada said...

I think it's amazing that he's starred in the Street, and Red Dwarf, and 'Get me outta here' etc, yet he thinks he has more to do with his life! He's already done more than most people ever do! LOL!
I also hope he is back on the Street soon, he will be missed!

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