Peter Gunn axed from Coronation Street
Peter Gunn has been axed from 'Coronation Street' following a "shock decision" by new producer Stuart Blackburn.
Peter Gunn has been axed from 'Coronation Street'.
The 49-year-old actor - who portrays Brian Packham in the ITV soap - will leave the Weatherfield cobbles later this year after three years on the programme following a "shock" decision by new producer Stuart Blackburn.
An ITV source told The Sun newspaper: "Brian goes down well with the viewers. They love his light-hearted banter. Peter has done a brilliant job in developing the character.
"Most of the staff thought his position was as safe as houses. So when the news came out of the blue that he was getting the chop, people were shocked."
Brian first appeared on the street as a teacher at Bessie Street School and he has gone on to become headmaster at the educational establishment and develop a relationship with factory worker Julie Carp, who is portrayed by Katy Cavanagh.
A 'Coronation Street' spokesman said: "Peter will leave at the end of his current contract.
"The decision is purely storyline-driven. Peter is a great actor who has made the character of Brian Packham a joy to watch."
Following the surprise axing, the atmosphere on the 'Coronation Street' set is said to have become "very tense" as the cast worry about who will be shown the exit door next.
The insider added: "It is nerve-racking when someone new comes in to try to change things. It was expected that a younger star with little connection to viewers would be the first out. But it seems the new boss felt the character was running out of steam for the future.
"Peter will be missed by lots of people around here. And the atmosphere on set has become very tense because everyone is wondering who will be next."