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Jessica Sansome

Coronation Street confirms exit for legendary character as they leave Weatherfield and family behind

There are set to be more goodbyes being shared on the cobbles next week when a legendary character says her goodbyes on Coronation Street. Fiz Dobbs will be seen packing her bags before leaving her family behind as she's offered a new job.

Viewers of the ITV soap will see the Underworld machinist being offered a supervisor role by Stephen Reid, telling her it’ll be double the salary she’s on now - but it's based in Norwich.

Fiz packs her case for Norwich. In the factory, Izzy Armstrong and Kirk Sutherland offer Fiz their support while Evelyn Plummer and the girls wave Fiz off as she leaves with Tyrone for the station.

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But fans need not worry too much as it's unlikely to be a permanent exit for actress Jennie McAlpine, who first joined the long-running soap back in 2001. The soap star recently revealed she was pregnant with her third child, and she said on Loose Women she was due around Easter time.

So it seems the actress is now on maternity leave, and that her departure is to write her character out for this period of time. Jennie confirmed her wonderful baby news back in January at six months pregnant. The 38-year-old already shares two children, Albert, eight, and Hilda, four, with her husband of almost six years Chris Farr.

In an exclusive chat with Ok! Magazine, Jennie said that she found out she was pregnant again while on a camping trip with her family. She felt nauseous and the familiar feeling prompted her to take a pregnancy test. She added that her and Chris were 'thrilled' to be welcoming another addition to the family, while her children are excited to meet their new brother or sister.

Fiz will say her goodbyes (ITV)

"They had been talking about wanting [a new sibling] before," Jennie said, adding: "They’re really excited. From day one [they’ve been] touching my tummy and talking to the baby. They talk to the baby every day." With Albert and Hilda, the couple decided to wait until their births to find out the genders.

Jennie said she planned on doing the same with baby number three - and confessed that they will probably also be given a Coronation Street-inspired name. Jennie, who is due to give birth in April, loves the ITV soap and its characters so much it was one of the reasons she named her daughter Hilda, after the iconic character Hilda Ogden.

She explained: “With Albert and Hilda, we had the name, but when they were born, we were like, ‘That’s the one.’ It just kind of happened, so I think it’ll probably be the same. Hilda was a family name for us and we loved it. But Hilda Ogden is an absolute Coronation Street icon and I am a big Coronation Street fan, so I love that it is a nod to that."


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