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Coronation Street's Jennie McAlpine on Fiz's future after maternity leave

Fiz in Coronation Street

The beloved soap stars says she has no plans to quit the cobbles...

She's played Fiz Stape on the ITV soap for 17 years now, but Jennie McAlpine insists she has no plans to leave Weatherfield, as she wants to remain on Coronation Street for the rest of her acting career.

The actress, 35, who is currently on  maternity leave after delivering her second child with her husband Chris Farr - insists she won't be leaving just yet.

Speaking on the Humans of XS Manchester podcast, she explained, "I’ve been in Corrie for 17 years now, I love it.

"I can’t take it for granted, because they [the writers] might have other ideas.It was such an honour to know Tony Warren [the show’s creator]."

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She added: “When I got the part it was just supposed to be for four episodes. I was still working in Boots."

Not only will she be back to play the loveable machinist on the soap, but Jennie has big plans to emulate her idols and remain on the cobbles for as long as she can.

As a Corrie obsessive, her dream is to replicate show legends like Eileen Derbeyshire -  who played Emily Bishop on the soap for 55 years, making her the longest serving female cast member on a British soap - and Bill Roach, who has played Ken Barlow on the soap since 1960.

'I am fine playing this one character,' the mum-of-two said.

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Jennie - who is also mum to son Albert - gave birth to her second child, a baby girl, in October.

Proving how much of a big Corrie fan she is, she even named her daughter after beloved character Hilda Ogden - who was played by actress Jean Alexander from 1964 to 1987.

"Our newest addition arrived yesterday. Mummy and Daddy very happy. Big brother very proud of his little sister Hilda. We're all in love," she wrote on Twitter.

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We can't wait to have you back on the cobbles, Jen!