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Coronation Street's Chris Gascoyne: 'I might take break from the show'

Coronation Street star Chris Gascoyne has addressed rumours that he could be leaving the show.

The actor, who plays Peter Barlow, has extended his current deal to later next year, with show bosses promising that there are big plans for his character until then.

Chris Gascoyne as Peter Barlow in Coronation Street


Chris Gascoyne as Peter Barlow

However, Gascoyne has now claimed that he might take a break from the soap at the end of his contract.

"I've signed a new contract that takes me to August 2014 - and at this moment I don't know what will happen beyond then," the 45-year-old told Woman Magazine.

"Maybe I will take a break. The character loses something by being here all the time and being ordinary.

"I'd like to do other stuff. It's like anything - we can get stuck in one place, and that's not necessarily a bad place, but it's not always good for us, is it?"

Gascoyne also revealed that a Buddhist retreat he went on during a four-month sabbatical from the show helped him evaluate his long-term plans.

Carla and Peter prepare to take their vows.


Carla and Peter prepare to take their vows.

"I took a four-month sabbatical from the show last summer and spent some time at a Buddhist retreat - and that was a big changing point in my life," he added.

"Peter can be a very negative character - and although the storylines were fantastic, I lost myself. Having that break made me realise I can do the same job and still be happy."

Viewers will see Peter prepare to marry Carla (Alison King) this week, despite his growing attraction to Tina McIntrye (Michelle Keegan).

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