Coronation Street’s Melanie Hill issues statement as she quits

Melanie Hill has issued a statement as she announces she has quit Coronation Street. The 60-year-old actress has played Cathy Matthews for the last seven years.

The Corrie actress said she felt “extremely emotional” after deciding to walk away from the cobbles. She claims Covid-19 and a desire to spend more time with her family were the driving factors in her decision.

She explained: “It’s not been an easy thing to decide. My family has been important but the pandemic has made a lot of people think about the future.”

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Melanie continued: “It has changed a lot of things in my head. You’ve just got to see what’s important to you. I absolutely love everybody but it’s made me think about my family a lot and what the priorities are in my life.”

The soap actress, who was previously married to actor Sean Bean, also opened up about what the future holds for her. As reported in the Mirror, Melanie said: “I’ve been at my mum’s for two weeks and what’s nice is I’ve got the freedom to do that [take smaller parts in series like BBC’s The Syndicate] because soaps are pretty relentless. You never stop, really, and you’re always on call.

“My sister Samantha normally helps look after my mum but she is in hospital with a smashed leg. It’s lucky that I finished shooting just over two weeks ago so I’m here the whole time. If I was still working on Corrie, I would have been going out of my mind with worry. I cannot stand letting people down – and even if I’ve been ill, I would turn up for work. Now I don’t have to worry as much.”

Corrie producers have confirmed that Melanie’s character Cathy won’t be killed off, leaving the door open for a possible return in the future. Melanie added: “Corrie has been absolutely fantastic because I could have just disappeared. I won’t say where Cathy goes but I’m a stone’s throw away from Weatherfield.

“My nephew Alex, played by Liam Bairstow, is there and Peter Gunn, who plays Brian Packham, so the door is open for me to come back – and that’s a great compliment. I’m flattered and grateful. You never know what’s around the corner there, so let’s see what happens.”

Melanie’s final scenes as Cathy will air on ITV later this year.

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV and ITV Hub

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