Published Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Corrie's Shobna Gulati with on-screen husband Jimmi Harkishin. (© ITV)
Shobna Gulati has played Sunita Alahan for a total of eight years, having previously left in 2005 and then made her return three years later - but she now wants to devote more time to writing comedy.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed Sunita's journey and am looking forward with excitement to her dramatic departure. I shall miss her," she said.
"Comedy writing has long been a passion of mine and the commitment to a show like Corrie is huge and doesn't really leave enough time to concentrate on other projects.
"I'd love to be able to combine my writing and acting career in the future.
Playing Sunita has been a fabulous opportunity.
With Shobna set to leave the Street next year, the writing team are currently working on her exit.
"It's been a pleasure to work closely with Shobna these last few years," producer Phil Collinson said.
"Sunita's mid-life crisis and the disintegration of the Alahans marriage has kept Coronation Street viewers on the edge of their seats for the past six months."
He added: "It's sad to lose such a well-loved and brilliantly played character, but it provides an exciting storyline opportunity and the writing team are already looking forward to developing a brilliant exit story for her.
"Viewers can expect something very memorable. We, of course, wish Shobna well in everything she does next."