Melanie Hill leaves Coronation Street after seven years as Katie Matthews to spend more time with her family

Melanie Hill resigned Coronation Street after seven years of playing Katie Matthews.

The 60-year-old actress said the decision was made after the pandemic forced her to reconsider her priorities.

Talking to Mirrorshe admitted that she wants to spend more time with her family.

And she’s gone! Melanie Hill left Coronation Street after seven years of playing Katie Matthews

She said: “It was not easy to make a decision. My family was important, but the pandemic made many people think about the future.

“It has changed a lot in my head. You just have to see what’s important to you.

“I love absolutely everyone, but it made me think a lot about my family and about what priorities are in my life.”

Time to think: the 60-year-old actress said the decision was made after the pandemic forced her to reconsider her priorities (pictured in soap in March 2021)

Time to think: the 60-year-old actress said the decision was made after the pandemic forced her to reconsider her priorities (pictured in soap in March 2021)

Melanie plans to continue filming, but take on more roles, such as her role in the BBC One drama “Syndicate,” which will allow her more time between projects.

She explained that the work on the soap was “relentless” because you are always on call and rarely have time to stop.

This was coupled with a desire to take care of her 88-year-old mother Sylvia in Sunderland.

She also worried about not spending enough time with her grandchildren Bowie, five, and Daisy Mae, three, living in Melbourne, Australia.

Melanie first appeared on Coronation Street in 2015 when she was introduced as a potential love affair with Roy Cropper.

At the time, she said, “My family and I grew up looking at it, and working on it is a dream come true.”

She also revealed that Corey’s bosses left the window open for her to go back to the soap because they didn’t kill her character, for which she was “similar and grateful”.

Quality time;  In an interview with The Mirror, she admitted that she wants to spend more time with family (pictured in soap in March 2021)

Quality time; In an interview with The Mirror, she admitted that she wants to spend more time with family (pictured in soap in March 2021)

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