Katherine Kelly admits that Coronation Street ‘takes over your life

Katherine Kelly has admitted that she often wonders whether she is making the right decision in leaving Coronation Street.

The 31 year old actress is best known as bolshy barmaid Becky McDonald and has played the role on the ITV soap for the last five years. However, she recently announced that she will be leaving the show and yesterday, on This Morning said she will be working right up until December the 18th 2011.

Speaking to Radio Times, the blonde beauty, who is nominated for Best Actress at this week’s British Soap Awards, admitted making the decision to leave the show required a lot of “soul-searching and tears” and she still isn’t completely convinced that she is making the right choice.

She explained: “It’s a bit crazy leaving a job that’s still so brilliant and I do wonder, ‘Am I just being a madam?’ But I’ve done a lot of soul-searching and shed a few tears. It took me a long time to admit to myself that it was the right thing to do.

“I don’t have any commitments, and there are great parts out there that I want to play. There’s no more to it than me wanting a change, a challenge, and to get that balance back. It sounds so boring – and my brothers tease, ‘Oh poor you, pulling pretend pints all day’ – but it’s very, very long hours and you’re knackered when you get home. It does take over.”

She added to Radio Times magazine: “Just as Becky got more than she ever hoped and wished for, I’ve had more than I’d ever dared to dream from ‘Corrie’. It happened so organically – a three-month contract rolled into a six-month one, and so on – that it sneaked up on me.

“I always thought I’d see how it goes and I’m not the kind of person to have a plan. I didn’t have one then and I don’t have one now.”