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15th Mar 2019

Kym Marsh has announced an ‘iconic’ new role after leaving Coronation Street

Not quite what we expected.

Keeley Ryan

How festive.

A few weeks after she announced she was taking a break from Coronation Street, Kym Marsh has announced an “iconic” new role.

The actress will be swapping Weatherfield for a winter wonderland after signing up to star in an arena tour of the musical Elf. 

Yes, it is based on the beloved Christmas movie starring Will Ferrell.

The Mirror report that the musical will be touring arenas around the UK in December this year, with Kym set to star as Jovie – who was played by Zooey Deschanel in the film.

EastEnders’ Shaun Williamson will play Buddy’s dad, Walter Hobbs, while Tam Ryan will be taking over the role of Buddy.

On her new role, the actress said:

“I am delighted to be getting back on stage and joining the cast of Elf this December.

“Elf is an iconic Christmas film and having seen the musical myself last year I am very excited to be part of this fun and heart-warming family show.”

Kym announced late last month 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 this week 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.”