Actor Charlie Condou has announced he is set to leave Coronation Street in the summer of next year, saying his exit “will certainly be explosive.”

The gay star, whose character Marcus Dent is also gay, said: “I’ve had a fantastic time at Corrie but feel it’s time for me to move on. I was only meant to return for three months and ended up staying for three years!

“The producers have been really supportive and are leaving the door open for Marcus, which is great, and my exit will certainly be explosive.”

According to Radio Times, show executives have promised that Marcus’s involvement with a new romantic interest, Todd Grimshaw, will “divide the residents of Coronation Street” before he leaves.

Producer Stuart Blackburn said: “I will be incredibly sad to see Charlie go and wish him well for what I know will be an exciting future.”

Last year Condou announced the birth of his second child, a boy.

In August, the actor was become involved in a confusion started by a Daily Star front page which suggested that his children were a secret, despite him regularly writing a popular column about them.