Les Dennis quits Coronation Street and teases “very dramatic” exit storyline
Les Dennis has quit his role on Coronation Street as former house burglar Michael Rodwell.
Dennis announced today (July 19) that he was making the move away from the soap to explore other acting opportunities, saying: “As a lifelong fan of the show, [this] has been a dream come true. Becoming part of the ITV Coronation Street family has been a wonderful experience and my decision to leave was a hard one.
“Earlier this year, thanks to Coronation Street giving me a sabbatical from the show, I was thrilled to be able to produce and star in a sell-out production of Alan Bleasdale’s Down the Dock Road at The Royal Court Liverpool. I always knew that the time would come when I would want the freedom to do more projects, and now feels like the right time.”
Dennis joined the Manchester-based soap two years ago as Michael Rodwell, a reformed burglary convict who befriended series regular Gail McIntyre through a Restorative Justice scheme. The pair later started a relationship and moved in together, despite the disapproval from Gail’s family.
Dennis would not reveal the nature of Michael’s Coronation Street departure, only hinting that it would be “very dramatic”.
Speaking about his exit storyline, he said: “The talented team of writers and producers have come up with a very dramatic exit for Michael on the show which will be exciting to film.
“I’ll treasure the two and a half years I have been part of such an iconic show and move on with very fond memories, so many lovely friends and colleagues and an ambition achieved.”