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Friday, 11 January, 2002, 17:03 GMT
Chadwick quits the Street
Chadwick (centre) was involved in a soap love triangle
Chadwick (centre) was involved in a soap love triangle
Coronation Street bosses have confirmed that Jacqueline Chadwick has left the soap.

The Scottish actress, who played the scheming Linda Sykes, has refused to come back and film her exit.

Chadwick wants to spend more time with her family, after giving birth in October to her second child.

The former Emmerdale actress had been on the soap for three years and was at the centre of some of the programme's biggest storylines.


Meanwhile, the programme makers have confirmed that comedian Roy Hudd is to join the soap.

Hudd will play light-hearted undertaker Archie Shuttleworth who starts a romance with Deirdre Rachid's mother, Blanche Hunt.

A spokeswoman for the soap said: "Archie is a classic Coronation Street character and we are thrilled that Roy Hudd will be bringing him to life. Everyone is looking forward to working with him."

Chadwick played the wife of Mike Baldwin - actor Johnny Briggs - and was involved in a love triangle with his son, before her character disappeared late last year.

'Fitting end'

Baldwin was accused of her killing her just months after their wedding.

A Street spokeswoman said: "Everyone at the programme wishes her well for the future and the production team are now working on a fitting end to Linda's storyline."

Formerly known as Jacqueline Pirie, she married husband Simon Chadwick following a whirlwind romance last year.

The actress's move is not thought to come as a great surprise to Street bosses after Chadwick decided not to return to her former part in fellow ITV1 soap Emmerdale following the birth of her daughter, Alex, four years ago.
Scott Wright is rumoured to be getting the axe
Scott Wright is rumoured to be getting the axe

The news comes at a bad time for the soap with claims that new executive producer Carolyn Reynolds is to wield the axe on the Street's stars.

Last week Granada announced doctor Matt Ramsden, (Stephen Beckett), would be leaving with screen wife Charlie, (Clare McGlinn), as well as Bobbi Lewis (Naomi Russell).


But newspaper reports claimed that another eight actors were being dropped, a charge denied by the soap.

The Sun said characters such as Dev Alahan, (Jimi Harkishan), barmaid Shelley Unwin (Sally Lindsay), nurse Molly Hardcastle (Jacqueline Kington) and mechanic Sam Kingston (Scott Wright) are among those expected to leave the soap.

Producers are keen to re-invigorate storylines because it has fallen behind BBC One's EastEnders in the ratings.

Speaking about his new role, Hudd said: "I have been an ardent fan of Coronation Street since Ena Sharples first put on a hair net.

"I've a fair bit of drama under my belt so it is a great thrill to be joining the cast of the most popular programme in the country."

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