Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati has announced that she’s leaving the show next year and her role as mum of two, Sunita Alahan.
Shobna first joined the show eight years ago, and has been at the centre of a number of high profile storylines including being trapped in the rubble of the tram crash, being stalked and nearly killed by her husband Dev’s (Jimmi Harkishin) mistress Mad Maya, who was played by Sasha Behar, and more recently, having an affair with Karl Munro (John Michie).
As to how she’ll exit the show, that is currently being decided by the show’s producer and the writing team, but according to The Sun, her departure will be “explosive” which in soap-speak usually means the character is leaving in a coffin.
Of leaving, Shobna told the paper, “I have loved playing Sunita but, having played the role originally from 2001 to 2005 and then returning to Corrie four years ago, I really feel the time has come for me to focus on other aspects of my career…
“I had always told myself I would see my son through school and I have done that.
“Comedy writing has long been a passion of mine and the commitment to a show like Corrie is huge and doesn’t really leave enough time to concentrate on other projects.
“I’d love to be able to combine my writing and acting career in the future.
“Playing Sunita has been a fabulous opportunity. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed her journey and am looking forward with excitement to her dramatic departure. I shall miss her.
“That said, I have made a host of friends cast and crew – friendships that will stay with me.”
Coronation Street’s executive producer Phil Collinson added, “It’s been a pleasure to work closely with Shobna these last few years.
“Sunita’s mid-life crisis and the disintegration of the Alahans marriage has kept Coronation Street viewers on the edge of their seats for the past six months.
“It’s sad to lose such a well-loved and brilliantly played character but it provides an exciting storyline opportunity and the writing team are already looking forward to developing a brilliant exit story for her.
“Viewers can expect something very memorable.
“We of course wish Shobna well in everything she does next.”
Here’s a reminder of nutty Maya taking her mad revenge on Dev and Sunita…
I’m really going to miss Sunita. Are you ?