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Ben Price quits Coronation Street after seven years

Ben Price is leaving Coronation Street after seven years of starring as Nick Tilsley in order to spend more time with his family.

Ben Price has quit Coronation Street to spend more time with his family.

The 45-year-old actor has played Nick Tilsley on the ITV soap for the past seven years, and has been involved in some of the programme's most explosive storylines.

But Ben has now made the decision to leave the show in order to spend more time with wife Alexandra and their children, 10-year-old Paloma and seven-year-old Max.

He told the Daily Mirror of his decision to leave: "Coronation Street has been the most significant part of my career and I have had a fantastic seven years here.

"The decision to leave is purely personal - I want to spend more time with my family. I have been supported by a terrific cast and crew and have had the most glorious storylines and for that I am most grateful."

His character will be written out of the programme in another explosive plot twist, which will reportedly air this summer (17).

However, bosses are keeping quiet on details of how Nick will exit the show.

After news of his departure was made public, Coronation Street's executive producer Kieran Roberts said: "We fully respect Ben's decision to leave Coronation Street. As Nick he has been the centre of some of the biggest plots of the last seven years.

"He is a valued member of cast who will be greatly missed but we still have many months of great storylines with him leading to his dramatic exit later this year."

Ben's decision to leave comes after he said in an interview last year (16) that he was finding it increasingly difficult to shoot the show's fight scenes.

At the time, Nick was frequently involved in scuffles with Chris Gascoyne's Peter Barlow, and Ben admitted he was having to have rests in between takes to get his breath back.

"When it comes to the Nick and Peter fight scenes, we’re older now and not as fit as we once were!" he told Woman magazine.

"So it’ll be one blow, then a bit of a rest.”

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