Coronation Street's Tina O'Brien has signed a new deal to stay on the show for another year
Coronation Street's Tina O'Brien has signed a new deal to remain with the soap another year, according to reports.
According to The Sun, soap bosses were trying to make sure that the actress - who plays Sarah Platt - would be staying in Weatherfield for the soap's 60th anniversary next year.
The news comes as Lucy Fallon, who plays Tina's on-screen daughter Bethany Platt, announced she would be leaving the soap earlier this year.
"It is a shame that Lucy is breaking up the family but she feels it is time to move on. Tina, however, is going nowhere," an insider told the publication. "The executives are well-aware that they need some glamour in the show and Tina was offered a new deal at the earliest opportunity."
"Tina's a definitely favourite for viewers and bosses have big plans for her," the source continued.
The news of Tina's new deal comes a few months after Lucy revealed when her final Corrie scenes would air.
The 23-year-old, who has played Bethany since 2015, announced she would be leaving Corrie in May 2019.
During an appearance on Lorraine, the actress confirmed that she would be filming her final scenes on Corrie in January - and that she will be on screen "maybe until March".
Lucy explained that while it will be "horrible" to leave Corrie behind, it felt like the "right time" after five years.
"When I leave I’ll have been there for five years and it just feels like the right time.
"I’m going to miss everybody so much. I can’t even properly think about it, but I’m excited, I’m nervous, we’ll just see what happens."