The considerably-loved character will be the ninth to leave the soap this year.

Coronation Street stars Katie McGlynn (Sinead Tinker), Tristan Gemmill (Robert Preston), Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor), Faye Brookes (Kate Connor), Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt), Connie Hyde (Gina Seddon), Bhavna Limbachia (Rana Habeeb) and Brooke Vincent (Sophie Webster) have all left the cobbles or announced plans to take a break from Coronation Street more than the final couple of months.

And now an additional is set to join the exodus, when Kirk Sutherland, played by Andrew Whyment, bids a heart-melting farewell to his wife Beth Tinker (Lisa George) to head off in search of stardom.

We saw Kirk show off his vocal talents in the ‘Rovers Got Talent’ talent show this week, and although his neighbours weren’t altogether impressed and viewers had been left in hysterics, he was invited out to lunch by a talent scout.

Beth was floored by her husband’s revelation that Jasmine (the talent scout) had asked him to go on tour, and lashed out by saying she have to want him as a comedy act.

Kirk Sutherland

Kirk performs in Rovers Got Talent

Tensions amongst the couple will appear to continue subsequent week, but Kirk will reveal that he is only pretending to be angry with his wife, so that he can surprise her with a romantic functionality outdoors the Rovers Return. But the couple will only have a quick time to make up just before he leaves in a taxi to go on tour.

Having said that, hot on the heels of the shock return of Carla Connor and boyfriend Peter Barlow to the soap this week, viewers can appear forward to an influx of new and returning characters to fill the void left by Kirk and the rest.

Former Casualty star Jane Hazlegrove will be joining the cast to play Gemma Winter’s mother Bernie in July, and we’ll also be welcoming a entire new household to the cobbles, led by Physicians actress Lorna Laidlaw.

Happily, Helen Flanagan has also revealed that she is ‘definitely’ going to return to the soap soon after her maternity leave. ‘I miss Coronation Street so considerably, and I certainly am going to go back,’ she told Lorraine viewers.

Coronation Street continues on ITV.