Coronation Street's Tristan Gemmill announces he is leaving the soap 6 months ago

Coronation Street's Tristan Gemmill announces he is leaving the soap

He took over the role of Robert Preston back in 2015.

Tristan Gemmill has announced he is leaving Coronation Street after four years playing Robert Preston.

The actor broke the news on Twitter yesterday [April 26], telling his fans it was time to "hang up the chef's gear and head for pastures new."

But it's not all bad news, as he promised "a lot of drama and shenanigans to come" before he leaves later in the year.

He wrote:

"Folks, I just wanted to let you know that the time has come for me to hang up the chef’s gear and head for pastures new.

"There is still a lot of drama & shenanigans to come for Robert but I will be leaving Corrie later in the year."

The 51-year-old took over the role of Robert Preston back in 2015 from the original actor, Julian Kay. The character and been away from Weatherfield for 12 years before his return.

A few years after Robert's return to the cobbles, he fell for Kym Marsh's Michelle Connor.

And Tristan's news comes a few months after Kym confirmed she would be leaving the soap after 13 years.

Back in February, she said that she was going to be taking a break from Coronation Street - but promised viewers "it isn't the last you've heard of Michelle Connor."

The actress first appeared on Corrie in a cameo role, playing Michelle Connor, back in 2006. Her popularity with viewers landed her a permanent role on the soap.

Kym confirmed the news in a statement, which said:

"When I was lucky enough to be offered four episodes on Coronation Street, I could never in my wildest dreams have thought I’d be here thirteen years later

"It’s been an incredibly difficult decision but it feels like the right time for me to take a break from the show and explore some other roles.

"But this isn’t the last you’ve heard of Michelle Connor, she’ll be back! I can’t wait to see what the writers have in store for the future."