‘Coronation Street’ star Liz Dawn has quit the hit soap after 34 years.
The actress – who plays Vera Duckworth – decided to leave the programme due to ill health.
Liz, who suffers from the lung disease emphysema, will exit in a dramatic storyline before Christmas.
She said: "It’s been an amazing 34 years. I’d like to thank everyone for what has been the best time of my life."
Since first appearing in the show in 1974, Liz has enjoyed an on-screen marriage to Jack Duckworth, played by Bill Tarmey.
Viewers have been enthralled by their turbulent relationship, which has seen their son Terry go to prison, their grandson being given away and taking over the Rovers Return pub.
Jack will remain in the soap.
‘Coronation Street’ executive producer Kieran Roberts said they are yet to come up with how Vera leaves but revealed she will not die.
He said: "After 34 years as Vera, Liz has taken a decision to relax and enjoy her retirement.
"We’re currently devising storylines for her character’s departure from Weatherfield but we would prefer not to reveal details at this moment.
"We’re indebted to her for all she has achieved during her years as Vera Duckworth. She is a star and is loved by ITV.
"We will always miss this wonderful lady and first-rate actress and we are delighted that she’s agreed to return to the soap in the future."
The mother-of-four, who was diagnosed with the incurable condition in March 2004, will fight the illness in private at her homes in Manchester and Spain with the support of husband Don Ibbotson.