Ashley Peacock star begged Corrie bosses to be killed off so he couldnt return

Former Coronation Street Ashley Peacock star Steven Arnold has revealed that he 'begged soap bosses to be killed off' ahead of his soap exit.

The character was famously killed in the ITV show's tram crash storyline, which aired in 2010 in honour of its 50th anniversary.

Steven appeared on Friday's Loose Women alongside his former co-star Julia Haworth, who played his onscreen wife Claire when he was asked about his feelings on his soap exit.

In response, Steven said: "I was fine with it.

"I think Ashley had been on such a long journey and done so many storylines and I always said, if I wanted to leave, I never wanted to leave in the back of a taxi and when I went upstairs to see [former Coronation Street producer] Phil Collinson about it, he said 'we're shutting down the character.'

"I said, 'fair enough, but please, please, tell me you're killing me off?'

"Because I wanted to go and like turn the page and start a new chapter so there's never that thing in my mind saying, 'am I going to go back, am I not?'

Revealing he wanted to "start afresh", Steven added: "I've been so fortunate ever since and not stopped working.

I've been really fortunate. I had a fantastic time there.

"I have nothing but fantastic memories of that show and I worked with some belting people. It was just a privilege to be on."

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