Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Qasim Aktar reveals why he's leaving Coronation Street

What was behind your decision to leave Coronation Street?

When I first started here, in my mind I told myself that I would like to do three years at Coronation Street and then see what happens from there. By the time I leave I will have done four years so I got another year out of it. I’ve always been really ambitious and I still have that fire and hunger in my belly where I want to explore and do other projects.

Because I am seeing so much more diversity in shows nowadays and the pressure that shows have got to introduce more Asian and Black actors in to things, I feel like it’s a great time for me to be out there. Just talking for myself, in the position I am in, being young and not having major commitments in my life, if there is ever a time to do it, it’s now.

It was a hard decision for me to make because I became really comfortable here but I thought to myself, I would rather go away from the show, try prosper and do different things. It has always been a dream of mine to go to America and work out there so I’d rather go away and if things didn’t work out I would just be like, oh well but I would rather say oh well than what if.

Are you pleased that they aren't going to kill you off?

Massively, I am so happy because that puts you in such a great position as an actor as well. I take it as a compliment and I am very grateful because I like to believe that there will always be a place for me here in the future.

What will you miss about being there?

I am going to miss everyone, I am going to miss the people, I am going to miss the company. I’ll miss the routine and I’ll miss the canteen upstairs but more than anything I’ll miss the people because I have made some lifelong friends in this place.

What’s the immediate plan?

Just go on holiday, clear my mind and come back fresh, ready for a new adventure.

Any specific ambitions?

I’ve not got somewhere in my mind where I would like to be, I just know I would like to have the opportunity to be out there and be free and be able to explore with different projects.

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