Lucy Fallon left Coronation Street in order to join Strictly Come Dancing, it’s been claimed.
The actress became the latest to announce her exit from the ITV soap on Friday.
Lucy joined Corrie in 2015 as Bethany Platt and said it was an “extremely difficult decision” to say goodbye.
According to The Sun, Lucy is now looking to join the line up of Strictly Come Dancing which she was not able to do while with Corrie.
A source told the tabloid: “Lucy is a huge fan of Strictly and was invited to watch last year’s live show in Blackpool. When Strictly bosses realised she was keen, they told her she’d have to quit Corrie because of its ban on deals.
“Lucy took the plunge as she knows her acting career has more opportunities ahead than sticking around in Weatherfield.
“Talks have started between her representatives and Strictly bookers. Some male dancers already want to partner her.”
A spokesperson for Strictly Come Dancing said: “We do not comment on speculation, the full line-up will be announced in due course.”
In a statement about her exit this week, Lucy said: “After the most incredible 4 years, I have made the extremely difficult decision to leave Coronation Street at the end of my contract in 2020.
“It’s hard to put into words how much this show means to me. I’ve made lifelong friends with some of the most talented and hardworking people in the industry, I’ve had some terrific and immensely important storylines and I’ve laughed with the best people everyday.
“I’m so thankful to Iain [MacLeod, Coronation Street producer] and everyone at Coronation Street, I owe everything to them and I will miss them greatly.”
Lucy’s exit followed Katie McGlynn’s departure from the show on Wednesday. Katie has played Sinead Tinker on Corrie since 2013 and her decision to leave is said to have left show bosses scrambling for a replacement.
And Tuesday saw Faye Brookes announce she would be departing the show later this year. The actress has been a part of the Coronation Street cast since 2015 as Kate Connor.
Coronation Street airs on ITV.
Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One in the autumn.