Since the start of the soap opera, Peter Barlow has been one of the most recognizable faces on Coronation Street. His character first graced the cobblestones in 1965.
Chris Gascoyne, an actor who has been portraying Peter since 2000, has been at the center of several significant plotlines, including his battle with alcoholism, his wrongful conviction for the murder of Tina McIntyre, and his multiple relationships.
He’ll also be in some emotional sequences in the next weeks after overhearing Ryan (Ryan Prescott) engaging in what he thinks is phone sex, which worries Daisy (Charlotte Jordan) about what he’s getting into.
In recent weeks, he has also expressed his suspicions about the murderer Stephen Reid (Todd Boyce), and that plot has had us on the edge of our seats as it builds to a climax in the next Super Soap Week.
Could Peter become Stephen’s next victim in light of this? Here’s all you need know about his next role in the soap opera.
Does Peter Barlow intend to leave Coronation Street?
We’re sorry to break the news to the character’s fans, but Peter Barlow will soon be leaving the cobbles.
Chris Gascoyne, an actor, said earlier this year to metro.co.uk that he would be taking a break “to explore new parts.”
Chris originally played the role in 2000, and his most recent appearance was in 2016, lasting seven years.
Peter Barlow “is very near to his heart,” the actor claimed.
However, it doesn’t seem likely that he would fall prey to Stephen Reid before getting his much-anticipated payback, as a spokeswoman for Coronation Street said that the character’s door is “leave open” to return.
In light of Chris’ impending departure, co-star Bill Fellows, who plays Stu Carpenter, has paid homage to him.
Speaking to The Mirror, he declared: “Chris Gascoyne is a very dear friend of mine who I’ve had very little to do with, but regrettably he is going.
It’s sad, but perhaps I’ll get to do a few small things with him [before he leaves], and everyone is so lovely and so polite, she continued.
Chris, on the other hand, has already secured his first post-Corrie job. During the holiday season, he will portray Captain Hook in the pantomime Peter Pan.
The Alban Arena is the venue for the production, which also has “beautiful scenery and spectacular costumes” and a “star-studded” ensemble.