Sue Johnston to leave Coronation Street

Sue Johnston in Waking the Dead Sue Johnston is also known for her roles in in Waking the Dead, The Royle Family and Brookside

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Actress Sue Johnston, who plays Gloria Price in Coronation Street, is to leave the soap next year.

Johnston stars as the interfering mother of Rovers Return landlady Stella Price, played by Michelle Collins.

The actress joined the ITV show last September but her character is not expected to be killed off.

A spokeswoman said: "Sue will be on screen until early spring 2014 when Gloria will leave Weatherfield for the time being."

Johnston is also known for her role as Barbara Royle in BBC One comedy The Royle Family and for playing Sheila Grant in Channel 4 soap Brookside in the 1980s.

Meanwhile, ITV has announced former Coronation Street actress Denise Black, who played hairdresser Denise Osbourne, has joined the cast of Emmerdale.

The broadcaster said the actress began filming on the soap this week and will play the adoptive grandmother of Kyle, the child character Amy Wyatt gave up shortly after he was born.

Black will be seen on screens from August.

Series producer Kate Oates said: "Her story will see her playing against some of our best-loved characters, and I know an actress of her calibre will be a fabulous asset to the show."

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