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16th Dec 2013

Coronation Street Star to Leave Weatherfield Next Summer

"He didn’t see it coming at all"


Actor Philip Lowrie is to say farewell to Coronation Street next year.

The 77-year-old actor who plays Dennis Tanner is to part with Weatherfield once again in the summer.

Lowrie was a member of the original Corrie line-up back in 1960, he was reintroduced to the cast in 2011 after a 43-year absence.

A spokesperson for the popular soap revealed that Lowrie’s departure will come after a big storyline with his onscreen wife Rita (Barbara Knox). It’s yet to be revealed if she will be leaving with him.

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Lowrie with Knox at TV Choice Awards 2013

“Philip is shocked by the news”, an insider told The Mirror.

“He didn’t see it coming at all, but he thinks the writers didn’t think his ­character was viable any more. He will be dearly missed by all the cast”.

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