Craig Charles is set to leave his role as cabbie Lloyd Mullaney in ITV1 soap Coronation Street, it has been announced.
Charles, who has played the role of the Weatherfield resident for ten years, will bow out on screen in September.
The actor has made the decision in order to film new episodes of popular television series Red Dwarf. He will reprise his role as Dave Lister on the show for two new series, set to air in 2016 and 2017.
Show bosses are currently working out how Lloyd will leave the soap so viewers will have to wait to see what sort of an impact Lloyd's departure will have on the residents of the street.
Speaking yesterday (May 2), Charles commented: ''I have had an absolutely fantastic ten years on Coronation Street and I will be very sad to leave. Lloyd has become a huge part of my life and I have made some amazing friends with whom I will always keep in touch.
"But I feel I owe it to my colleagues on Red Dwarf to join them in filming the new series and finding out what is in store for Lister and the others. I would love to return to Coronation Street at some point in the future."
The show's producer Steve Blackburn quipped: ''Craig has provided us with a decade packed with laughter, tears and great drama. It won't just be Steve who misses Lloyd, it will be all of his Corrie friends and colleagues. We wish him all the very best."
Lloyd's girlfriend Andrea Beckett, played by Hayley Tamaddon is also set to exit the soap later this year. Whether their exits will be linked remains to be seen.