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Rupert Hill: 'Leaving Corrie was a risk'

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Former Coronation Street star Rupert Hill has admitted that he took a big risk when he decided to quit the show.

The actor, who is currently appearing in a touring production of When Harry Met Sally, bowed out as Weatherfield's Jamie Baldwin in 2007 after four years in the role.

Reflecting on his soap stint, Hill told the Birmingham Post: "I got paid incredibly well, and starring in Coronation Street was a very enjoyable job, and I made really good friends. But I've always wanted to be an actor. And part of what attracted me to the profession was the diversity of roles you can get.

"In the end I accepted that I was going to have to take a pay cut and face up to the possibility that I might never work again. It didn't matter, though. I had to take a risk and leave Corrie in 2007 because I didn't want to play Jamie Baldwin for the next 25 years."

The new dad added that he admires former co-stars like Bill Roache, who will soon celebrate his 50th anniversary in the part of Ken Barlow.

He said: "Someone like Bill, he takes it very, very seriously. He still does vocal warm-ups before a scene. He's very much part of the old school, and he loves doing it. All those guys who have been in Corrie for years and years absolutely adore it.

"Part of me wishes I could be that person. But I'm too excitable. I'm constantly thinking what else is around the next corner. Even now, with a few months left of this play I'm in now, I'm wondering what I'm going to be doing next." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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