Amy Kelly quits Coronation Street
Amy Kelly has quit 'Coronation Street' after just 18 months on the famous cobbles
Amy Kelly has quit 'Coronation Street'.
The 19-year-old actress had a meeting with soap bosses late last year to announce she wanted to leave her role as Maddie Heath - a formerly homeless teen who is dating Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) - and is expected to depart Weatherfield in the summer.
Amy told The Sun newspaper: "I'm young and adventurous and I want to gain more experience and explore and improve my craft.
"Acting is my passion and I'm excited to see where it takes me."
Bosses are currently coming up with Amy's exit storyline but she isn't expected to be killed off as she is so popular backstage, and show chief Stuart Blackburn previously admitted he wanted to keep her in the soap for as long as possible.
He said last year: "The joy with Amy is that she has no idea how good she is.
"Short of her wanting to go, the character of Maddie will be here as long as I'm here."
The news comes just six months after Amy was handed a contract extension after impressing in her early scenes as troubled teen Maddie.
A source previously said: "The bosses are really pleased with Amy. They were delighted to get such high figures for the kiss [between Maddie and Sophie].
''It was after that they decided they wanted to extend her contract."