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Julie on saying goodbye to Hayley

20 January 2014 Last updated at 12:30 GMT

A controversial soap storyline comes to a conclusion on Monday when Coronation Street's Hayley Cropper chooses to end her life.

The much-loved character has been terminally ill with pancreatic cancer for some months, and wants to be in control of her death.

The actress who plays Hayley, Julie Hesmondhalgh, is leaving the programme after sixteen years.

Julie spoke to BBC Breakfast about her last appearance on Coronation Street, and defended criticism of the storyline.