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Corrie actor has emotional leaving party

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John Stape from Coronation Street

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Coronation Street star Graeme Hawley fought back tears as he said farewell to the soap at his leaving party last week, a report has claimed.

The actor has now filmed his final scenes as hapless killer John Stape, whose dark storyline is expected to reach a conclusion in the coming weeks after his sinister secrets emerge at last.

According to The Mirror, the Corrie team had a gathering late last week to say goodbye to Hawley and co-star Craig Gazey, who is bowing out as Graeme Proctor.

It is thought that Hawley paid tribute to his on-screen wife Jennie McAlpine (Fiz) in a speech, saying: "I couldn't have done it without you."

A source told the newspaper: "Everyone had a lump in their throat as Graeme told Jennie she'd been his rock. He also told us, 'I love you all'.

"He doesn't know what the future holds and said, 'If it has to be the dole, the dole it is. But if it's bigger things, they will not beat the years I have had with you guys'."

Hawley has been part of the Corrie cast since 2007. His current plotline, which has seen John involved in the deaths of three people, has been running for nearly a year.

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> Corrie Poll Result: Should John Stape live or die?

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