She made a name for herself as Rovers Return landlady Liz McDonald, but after 22 years on Coronation Street Beverley Callard has pulled her last pint.
The actress, who took a five-month break in 2009 as she battled depression, said she is looking forward to "new challenges".
Writers are already planning an exciting exit for the landlady who will be leaving next year.
The 53-year-old said: "I'll always be loyal to the show. But as an actor, I just want to go back on stage again for a while and maybe do some other things.
"I'm getting married, as you all know, and I want some time with my new husband."
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