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'Coronation Street's Jennie McAlpine "dreading" Hayley Cropper exit

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Coronation Street's Jennie McAlpine has admitted that she is "dreading" the departure of her co-star Julie Hesmondhalgh.

The 29-year-old filmed her very first scenes as Fiz Stape with Hesmondhalgh 12 years ago, when Hayley Cropper briefly fostered Fiz and became a mother figure.

Jennie McAlpine at the Priscilla Queen Of The Desert for the Press Night at the Opera House i February 2013

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Coronation Street actress Jennie McAlpine



"Towards the end of the year there will be Hayley's departure, which I am dreading. I filmed my first scenes on Corrie with Julie so it's going to be very emotional," McAlpine told the Daily Star Sunday.

"I have no idea what her exit is going to be, she doesn't know yet either. Even thinking about it gets me going. It's going to be so sad."

Hesmondhalgh announced her Coronation Street exit earlier this year. She will leave at the end of 2013 after nearly 16 years of playing Hayley.

On her own future with the soap, McAlpine added: "I absolutely love working on Corrie. As long as they are writing great stuff for me, I want to be a part of it for as long as I can. It's a great place to be.

8071: Fiz is pleased that Tyrone has changed his mind and wants her to visit him in prison until he tells her to forget about him

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Tyrone tells Fiz to move in with her life

Hayley takes the stand and does her best for Fiz

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Hayley Cropper



"I'm contracted until next year but have no plans to leave. You really don't get much bigger than Corrie. And at the moment we really are flying. It just goes from strength to strength.

"Of course, I felt incredibly honoured to have been a part of the biggest storyline of the year. Kirsty's abuse of Tyrone was one of those ones that really gripped the nation.

"I hope [Fiz and Tyrone] stay together, there's so much they can do with them. We've had the comparisons with Jack and Vera, which is a huge compliment. But there'll only ever be one Jack and Vera." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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