Chris Gascoigne quitting Coronation Street – Daily TV round-up

Peter Barlow actor planning to spend more time with his family.

Chris Gascoigne is quitting 'Coronation Street', it's been announced.

The 45-year-old actor, who plays alcoholic Peter Barlow in the show, will exit the show next year, hoping to spend more time with his family.

“Chris has had a great run on Corrie but is knackered from the demands the long hours have put on him and his family,” a source told The Sun.

“He wants some time away from the show to spend with his family and to try other roles. He has talked about taking at least two years away from the show.

“His departure will be a big blow as Peter Barlow is a major character and one of the show's few alpha males.

“But Chris has told bosses he is keen to come back in the future and they are leaving the door open for him.”

The character of Peter Barlow, son of Ken Barlow, has been part of the show since 1965, when he was born to Ken and Valerie Barlow, Ken's first wife.

Gascoigne has played the role since 2000.

In the show Peter is currently engaged to factory boss Carla Connor (played by Alison King) but is set to have an affair with Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) before he leaves the cobbles.

McIntyre is also set to leave the show as part of a recently revealed 'whodunnit' murder plot culminating next year. [The Sun]

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