Coronation Street’s Ashley 'fuming' after he is axed with screen wife
Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:30 AM on 26th April 2010
Coronation Street’s much loved Ashley and Claire Peacock have been axed from the show and will be written out of the soap by the end of the year.
After talks with Corrie’s new producer Phil Collinson, actors Steven Arnold, 35, and Julia Howarth, 30, were told their characters would be cut.
Despite rumours that the actors confronted the producer to land juicier new roles but were instead given the chop, Collinson said the decision was mutual.
Ashley Peacock, played by Steven Arnold, and Claire Peacock, played by Julia Howarth have been cut from Coronation Street
He made a statement saying: ‘Ashley and Clare Peacock have been part of the fabric of Weatherfield for many years but like any community, people come and go.
‘Both actors and myself felt that we had reached a crossroads with the characters, to the point that as actors they were not being fulfilled and stories were harder to find.’
Collinson continued: ‘We mutually decided to start working towards an exit for the Peacock family, giving the actors the chance to explore new opportunities and for us to devise a dramatic exit storyline.
‘I wish Steven and Julia, and of course the young boys who play Josh and Freddie, all the best for the future.’
Claire and Ashley Peacock, played by Julia Howarth and Steven Arnold will be written out of Coronation Street by the end of the year
Although the decision is reportedly mutual, Steven who has been on the show for 14 years, is said to be ‘fuming’, while Julia is ‘shocked’.
An ITV spokesperson said: ‘Julia and Steven are to leave the show but contrary to some press reports, there has been no confrontation with the show producer Phil Collinson.
‘All parties agreed this was the right time to say goodbye to the street’s Peacock family.’
Writers are now deciding on the best way to create a dramatic departure to tie in with the show’s 50th anniversary in December.
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