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'Coronation Street' Chris leaves with a bang, says Will Thorp

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Coronation Street star Will Thorp has insisted that he is feeling "fine" over his forthcoming departure from the soap, promising a big exit for his character.

Back in May, it was revealed that the actor's alter ego Chris Gray will leave the cobbles later this year, bowing out alongside his ex Cheryl (Holly Quin-Ankrah) and son Russ (Finton Flynn).

Chris will be diagnosed with a brain tumour in an upcoming storyline and it is thought that subsequent scenes will see him growing close to Cheryl again before they bid farewell to Weatherfield together.

Speaking of his departure, Thorp told All About Soap: "I'm absolutely fine with it - I've had a brilliant time and have loved playing Chris. It's been great to have a character who came in with a bang and is set to leave with one as well."

Meanwhile, discussing the illness plotline, he explained: "They tell Chris he has a very large tumour and the size of it means they can't operate. They suggest radiotherapy and try to reduce the size so they can then potentially operate. The future is looking very bleak for Chris at the moment."

After confiding in Cheryl about his illness and splitting from Maria, Chris is surprised when Lloyd lets him move in so he can be closer to his son.

Asked whether Chris's condition remains a secret to everyone else on the cobbles, Thorp replied: "No - Lloyd tells Karl and he tells everyone in The Rovers. Chris is very proud and doesn't want any pity. He tries to put off telling little Russ for as long as possible, but he knows something is wrong and so Cheryl decides they need to talk to him."

Chris's illness storyline comes to the forefront in next week's Coronation Street episodes.

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Watch clips from Chris's storyline in Coronation Street's summer preview video:

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