Coronation Street: Rula Lenska QUITS as Claudia Colby

She and Ken Barlow are going their separate ways

Claudia Colby

by Marianna Manson |
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Long-running Corrie star Rula Lenska has revealed she's quitting the soap after eleven years of playing the role of Claudia Colby on and off.

Rula's played resident glamour queen Claudia since she first arrived on the street in 2009, buying Audrey Roberts' hair salon and making fast enemies with some of the ladies in Weatherfield.

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Since 2018 she's taken a more prominent role, developing a romantic relationship with the street's oldest resident Ken Barlow, convincing him to move away to a luxury retirement complex outside of town.

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Claudia Colby leaves the street

Long running resident glamour queen Claudia Colby, played by actress Rula Lenska, is leaving the Street after splitting from boyfriend Ken Barlow.

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But recent episodes have seen Ken and Claudia disagree on their current living situation, and the couple make the decision to part ways when Ken admits he want's to move back to Coronation Street.

In scenes airing this week, Claudia tells Ken, "You’re really going after all I’ve done for you and your family?

"Is there someone else? June the merry widow on the second floor? I don’t think she’s partially sighted at all.

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Ken and Claudia disagree at the retirement home ITV

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“My next fella’s going to be a toy boy. I thought it was going to be you, I thought this was going to be our life.

“Well I suppose the writing has been on the wall for some time I just didn’t want to see it."

A source said, "The door is definitely open for Rula to return and Claudia still has connections on the street.

“But for now Claudia’s life is on the veranda of Stillwaters and Ken belongs in his backstreet boozer.”

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