Debbie Rush announces she leaving Coronation Street

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Anna will 'tackle old enemies head on' in Coronation Street after ITV announced Debbie Rush is to leave the cobbles

Debbie Rush is leaving Coronation Street and the role of Anna Windass at the end of the year, ITV has confirmed.

It will bring a to a close her nine-year career as the Street's long-suffering cleaner, who has endured her fair share of misfortune, notably being blackmailed into having sex with Pat Phelan and suffering terrible burns in when a car exploded last year.

A spokesperson for the show said: “Debbie will leave Coronation Street at the end of the year, Anna Windass will be on screen until early 2018 with plenty more drama and twists in the tale before she leaves Weatherfield. We wish Debbie every success for the future.”

Debbie said: “I've have had an amazing nine years on Coronation Street and the decision to leave was not made lightly. I love playing Anna and will miss working with the fantastic cast and crew. I don’t know what the future holds, but I am excited to explore what other acting opportunities are out there. I am very grateful for all the brilliant storylines I have been given during my time on Coronation Street and am very much looking forward to what is in store for Anna in the run up to my departure next year.”

Later, she tweeted she was 'overwhelmed' by the reaction to her announcement.

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Series producer Kate Oates commented: “It's always sad when a huge talent like Debbie Rush decides to move to pastures new...but Debbie's decision to pursue other roles will allow us to play an exciting exit story for Anna, which will see her fighting for her family and tackling old enemies head-on.”

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