It’s been revealed today that in a not unexpected revamp of the show, new producer Stuart Blackburn has axed characters Lewis Archer and Kirsty Soames…
Blackburn took over the role of producer from Phil Collinson just a matter of weeks ago, and as we reported recently, Blackburn intended to speak to each and every cast member about their role on the show.
And Corrie star Jack P Shepherd, who of course plays David Platt, had remarked late last year that the cast were in fear of “grim reaper” Blackburn and were nervous about which of the stars could be axed when he became producer.
And according to the Mirror today, the first of those to go are Nigel Havers and Natalie Gumede who play the roles of conman Lewis Archer and nutty mum Kirsty Soames respectively.
Nigel has apparently already filmed his last scenes as Lewis – who is currently engineering Gail McIntyre’s downfall – and he’ll be seen to flee Weatherfield after leaving a videotaped message for Gail (Helen Worth) in which he reveals that she’s been conned.
Of the characters of Lewis and Kirsty being axed, a show source told the paper, “There have already been rumours the new boss will want to put his stamp on things, but these two big changes are certain.
“Nigel filmed his final scenes at the end of last month and viewers will see his exit next week – in dramatic fashion.
“Gail will discover the truth about what a liar he is, though Lewis aims to get the last laugh by leaving her a cruel message, to twist the knife yet further.
“But the plan is to leave the door open for a return in the future, as Nigel’s character is extremely popular with the audience.”
As to how Natalie will be written out, the insider hinted that Kirsty’s undoing will come about when the truth of her violent nature comes out…
She is of course currently claiming that her former fiancé Tyrone beats her, and while initially she’ll be believed, she’s set to make a mistake that exposes the truth.
The show source added, “Talks on how Kirsty will leave are ongoing, but producers know the audience want her to get her deserts. One way or another, she will.
“This could herald the start of a major new era for Corrie.”
Are you sad that Nigel and Kirsty are leaving the show? For now, here’s a look at Lewis stepping up his revenge plan…