Royle Family star Sue Johnston is quitting Coronation Street.
The actress, who plays Gloria Price in the ITV soap, is leaving to work on other shows.
She will film her last scenes at Christmas, but show bosses are leaving open the possibility of a return.
The actress, 69, first appeared as Gloria, the interfering mother of Rovers landlady Stella Price (Michelle Collins), in September last year.
A spokeswoman for the show said: "Sue will be on screen until early spring 2014 when Gloria will leave Weatherfield for the time being."
Sue shot to fame as Sheila Grant in Channel 4 soap Brookside and previously appeared in Coronation Street in a minor role as bookie's wife Mrs Chadwick, in 1982.
She recently starred as Eileen Lewis in TV series Being Eileen.