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Coronation Street star says their 'heart is shattered' and 'year ruined' after unexpected announcement

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Coronation Street star Jude Riordan has said his ‘year has been ruined’ and his ‘heart shattered’ following news of an unexpected exit from Weatherfield.

The actor was among the ITV soap's cast reacting to the news of Helen Worth quitting after five decades. The actress is famed for playing Gail Platt in the ITV soap having joined at 23 years old in 1979.

Her first appearance on Corrie came 14 years after it aired for the very first time. And Helen will soon be celebrating 50 years of playing the Platt matriarch who over the years has endured a number of failed romances, near-death experiences, drama with her children - Nick, Sarah-Lou and David - and finding out her brother was a serial killer. READ MORE: Coronation Street legend Helen Worth shares 'perfect' reason for exit as Gail Platt READ MORE: Read more of our Coronation Street stories here However, as Helen marks her major soap milestone, she will also be looking forward to a very different future, as she has made the difficult decision to step down from her much-loved role at the end of the year.

Sharing the reason behind her exit, Helen said in a statement: "This year felt like the perfect time to leave the show after celebrating 50 years in the most wonderful job on the most wonderful street in the world.

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