Coronation Street's Alexandra Mardell announces she is quitting soap

Coronation Street’s Alexandra Mardell announces she is quitting her role as Emma Brooker after four years on the soap

Alexandra Mardell has quit her role as barmaid Emma Brooker on Coronation Street after four years.

The actress, 28, will film her final scenes on the ITV soap later this month and will be on air until the end of April.

Speaking to The Sun, Alexandra said: ‘Four years have gone so fast. Compared to other cast members I still feel like a newbie, which makes my decision to leave all the more difficult. But I feel it’s the right time for me. 

Departure: Alexandra Mardell has quit her role as barmaid Emma Brooker on Coronation Street after four years 

‘I can’t thank everyone at Coronation Street enough for welcoming me and trusting me to tell so many wonderful and heartfelt ­stories. And for the friendships.’

Bosses have said the door will be left open for the character to make a return to the cobbles in the future.

Coronation Street producer Iain MacLeon said: ‘Emma has found herself in a massive pickle — one which will cause her to wave goodbye to the cobbles. At least for now. Alexandra has been pure Corrie gold and I wish her all the best.’

Alexandra’s character Emma was introduced back in 2018 as the secret daughter of Steve McDonald and his ex-girlfriend Fiona Middleton. 

Show: The actress, 28, will film her final scenes on the ITV soap later this month and will be on air until the end of April

The character is currently at the centre of a dramatic storyline after Faye Windass knocked down a pensioner during a driving lesson with Emma who had had too much to drink.

Alexandra’s portrayal of the character won her a Best Newcomer gong at the British Soap Awards in 2019. 

Alexandra got engaged to her fiancé Joe Parker in April after four years of dating.

The couple moved in together just before Britain was plunged into the first lockdown and their romance has continued to go from strength to strength.

Talented: Alexandra’s character Emma was introduced back in 2018 as the secret daughter of Steve McDonald and his ex-girlfriend Fiona Middleton (above with Simon Gregson as Steve McDonald)

Documenting the occasion on Instagram, Coronation Street star Alexandra showed off her dazzling new diamond as she admitted she was smiling so much that her face hurt.

Alongside a cute snap with her new fiancé, Alexandra penned: ‘Love locked down!! 1000000 times yes! You make me so happy, my face hurts! Love you ridiculously. Future Mrs Parker’.

Joe also shared a slew of snaps from the moment he popped the question as he penned: ‘Went in to lockdown with a girlfriend, came out with a fiancée. What a lucky man I am. Can’t wait to marry you @alexandramardell I love you ❤’ 

‘Love locked down!! 1000000 times yes! You make me so happy, my face hurts!’ Alexandra revealed she was engaged to boyfriend of four years Joe in April last year 

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