Philip Lowrie leaving 'Dennis Tanner' role in Coronation Street!

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Philip Lowrie will leave his role as Dennis Tanner in Coronation Street next year, it has been revealed. The actor who plays the character, married to show stalwart Rita Sullivan (Barbara Knox) will exit in Summer 2014.

The character will depart at the end of a big storyline for his on-screen wife and him. A spokesperson for the ITV soap told The Mirror: ''Dennis won't be killed off and the door will be left open for a possible return''.

The character returned to screens in 2011 after a 43-year gap having previously appeared on screens as the son of Elsie Tanner (Pat Phoenix) between 1960 and 1968.

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