The Weatherfield actor told Digital Spy that Marcus Dent has become more prominent since splitting with barman Sean Tully.
When asked whether he is glad to be broadening his horizons on the cobbles, Condou told DS: "Yeah, I think I am.
"It's always difficult when you come into a show and you end up being with someone who is so well-established. I think in a lot of ways I suffered from that - I never felt like I was able to spread my wings.
"I always felt like I was part of Sean's storyline, which was great for a while, but was starting to become less interesting for me."
The star added: "When [producer] Phil [Collinson] asked me to extend my contract a year or so ago, we talked about where Marcus would go and they said they had lots of ideas.
"Those ideas are coming into play now, so I think it was good for Marcus and Sean to split up. I feel like a character in my own right now, which is great."
Marcus, following his split from Sean in the summer, became involved with Aiden before developing a close bond with Maria Connor (Samia Ghadie).
Marcus and Maria share a surprise kiss during tonight's Corrie double bill.