Coronation Street star Lucy Fallon denies the soap is in crisis after mass cast exit

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The actress is leaving the soap next year…

Coronation Street star Lucy Fallon has denied that the ITV soap is in crisis following a mass exodus of its stars this year.

The actress – who is leaving her role of Bethany Platt next year – became the seventh star to reveal she has quit the cobbles when she announced her departure last month.

But now she is defending rumours of drama on set, she told the Sunday Mirror: “There’s no crisis at Coronation Street - that’s just silly.

"We’ve had amazing storylines this year. Everything is great. It’s just one of those things where a few of us announced we were going then it all came out. So, no, Corrie is not in crisis.”

She added: “There are amazing people still there, all the old legends that are amazing. It’s just a few of us who are branching off to do other things.”

Bethany Platt, Lucy Fallon, Coronation Street

The 23-year-old also admitted that she would love to follow in the footsteps of former Corrie star Suranne Jones, who has gone on to have huge success and win a Bafta for her role in Dr Foster, once she leaves Weatherfield.

Lucy added: “I don’t know what I want to do after the show. People like Suranne Jones have gone off to do amazing things so that’s the dream.

“I’d like to stay in TV but I am under no illusions about what might happen. It’s exciting that is even a possibility for me.”

Announcing her departure from the show last month, Lucy said in a statement: “After the most incredible four years, I have made the extremely difficult decision to leave Coronation Street at the end of my contract in 2020. It’s hard to put into words how much this show means to me.

“I’ve made lifelong friends with some of the most talented and hardworking people in the industry, I’ve had some terrific and immensely important storylines and I’ve laughed with the best people everyday. I’m so thankful to Iain [Macleod, the show’s producer] and everyone at Coronation Street, I owe everything to them and I will miss them greatly.”

So far seven cast members, including Lucy, have announced they have quit the ITV soap; Katie McGlynn, Faye Brookes, Kym Marsh, Tristan Gemmill, Bhavna Limbachia and Connie Hyde.

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