Actor, comedian and presenter Les Dennis has quit Coronation Street.
“As a lifelong fan of the show, playing Michael Rodwell in Coronation Street 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.” – Les Dennis
Les joined Corrie in 2014 as charming house burglar, Michael Rodwell, who then began a relationship with Gail Platt (Helen Worth) after she forgave her uninvited guest. Softhearted Michael soon made himself at home, working as a taxi driver for Steve McDonald and becoming a regular in the Rovers.
However, his marriage to Gail hit the rocks within hours of the nuptials when he discovered Andy (Oliver Farnworth) had been masquerading as his son, Gavin. Michael was horrified to discover Gail had lied to him and even worse, Gavin was actually dead and she’d kept that from him too. Angry and betrayed, Les’s character fell into the arms of Gail’s nemesis, Eileen (Sue Cleaver). This was fairly short lived as Eileen soon replaced Michael with local builder, Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre) whom Michael is currently in conflict with on-screen.
“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. 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.” – Les Dennis
Les, who found fame on ATV’s New Faces talent show in 1974, has also appeared in Brookside and Crossroads. However, he’s best remembered as the longest running host of Central TV’s Family Fortunes game show.
ITV note that he will bow out of Coronation Street in a dramatic storyline later this year.