Helen Worth, Gail on ‘Coronation Street,’ to depart cleaning soap after 50 years – National


Gail Rodwell is leaving her residence on Coronation Street.

Helen Worth, the actor who portrays the long-lasting proprietor of home No. 8, might be exiting Coronation Street after 5 a long time of starring within the ever-popular cleaning soap.

Worth, 73, joined the solid in 1974 because the previously named Gail Platt. She will have fun her golden anniversary with the British cleaning soap subsequent month.

In a submit to the Coronation Street Instagram account, the manufacturing stated Worth is bidding farewell to the cobbles.

“Not only will she be celebrating 50 years on the nation’s best loved soap, Helen will also be looking forward to a very different future, as she has made the difficult decision to step down from her role as Gail Rodwell at the end of the year,” the assertion reads.

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“Half a century after she first walked onto the cobbles, viewers will see Helen and Gail bid farewell to Weatherfield in a major storyline for the Platt family,” the submit continues. “Helen will start filming her exit story next month and the emotional scenes will be on screen at the end of the year.”

In a press release of her personal, Worth stated she’s been fascinated with leaving Coronation Street because the starting of 2024.

“This year felt like the perfect time to leave the show after celebrating 50 years in the most wonderful job on the most wonderful street in the world,” she stated. “I made the decision at the start of the year and spoke to the producers who were very kind and understanding.”

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“I have been truly blessed to have been given the most incredible scripts week in week out, and to have worked with fantastic actors, directors and a brilliant crew,” Worth stated. “The past 50 years have flown by and I don’t think the fact that I am leaving has quite sunk in yet.”

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Across her 5 a long time on Coronation Street, Worth’s character made for a number of the most iconic moments ever featured on the cleaning soap. Gail’s skilled all of it, from being mistakenly jailed on suspicion of homicide to when she was pushed down a flight of stairs after taking her son’s girlfriend to an abortion clinic.

Fans may additionally recall when Gail married serial killer Richard Hillman in 2003. The sequence finale, which noticed the Platt household kidnapped, amassed almost 20 million viewers when it aired, leading to an influence surge within the British nationwide energy grid.

Coronation Street govt producer Iain Macleod stated Worth is a “legend” and an “icon.”

“In Helen’s hands, Gail has been a huge part of Coronation Street for five decades and at the centre of some of the most memorable storylines – often deriving from her catastrophically bad luck in choosing husbands!” he stated.

“Gail has given us countless hours of entertainment but it should also be said that Helen herself is a consummate professional and a thoroughly good egg,” Macleod added. “Everyone connected to the show will miss having her around the place just as much as the viewers will miss having her on their screens and we wish her all the very best for the future.”

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Already, followers of the present are mourning the lack of Worth and her iconic character.

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Coronation Street is the longest-running TV cleaning soap opera ever. The first episode premiered in 1960 and it has since aired over 11,000 episodes.

Worth is the second-most featured actor ever on Coronation Street and has starred in 4,453 episodes. The document remains to be held by actor William Roache, 92, who appeared in 4,773 episodes as Ken Barlow.

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