Alison King, 42, has been playing the feisty Underworld boss for nine years and now wants to take a break to pursue other projects, the show’s producers say.
ITV bosses promise she will be back, though – and she has a whole lot of drama ahead of her before she leaves Weatherfield later this year.
A Corrie spokeswoman said: “Alison King has indicated to producers that she would like to take a sabbatical from the show for creative reasons at some point in 2016.
“She wishes to try her hand at other projects before returning to the part of Carla Connor, a role she has enjoyed playing for nine years.
“Before Ali takes her break Carla has much more drama to come.
“At the end of this month she will be central to the explosive storyline which sees Victoria Court go up in flames, and the aftermath of that plotline will have huge consequences for the factory boss.
“Ali’s desire to take a break from the show gives the writers the opportunity to come up with a enthralling exit for the character.”
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