Former Coronation Street actor says goodbye to stage role 'for now' after a 'fab time'

By Kate Lally

Former Coronation Street actor Tristan Gemmill has bid "farewell" after having a "fab time" in his latest stage role.

The star is best known for playing Robert Preston in the long-running ITV soap - after first appearing on the cobbles in 2015.

The 54-year-old has recently taken to social media to share some news.

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Robert was killed on Christmas Day 2019, after he was accidentally shot by Derek Milligan during an incident at the Rovers.

Tristan announced his was leaving Corrie before the shock scenes aired.

He tweeted at the time: "Folks, I just wanted to let you know that the time has come for me to hang up the chef's gear and head for pastures new.

Tristan as Robert Preston on Corrie (ITV)

"There is still a lot of drama & shenanigans to come for Robert but I will be leaving @itvcorrie later in the year."

Tristan took over the role of the Bistro owner 2015, which was previously played by Julian Kay from 1996 to 2003.

More recently, he has starred in Robin Hood, which enjoyed a run at Nottingham's Theatre Royal over the festive period.

After sharing a stage with former Stars in their Eyes host Matthew Kelly, West End star Jodie Prenger, and former X Factor winner Matt Terry, he has said "farewell" to Nottingham.

Posting on Instagram, he said: "Farewell to the great city of Nottingham - at least for now."

Another post said he had had a "fab, fun time" starring in the panto.

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