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Street trio to stay, insists show
Actress Kate Ford
Actress Kate Ford, who plays Tracy Barlow, has signed a new contract
Coronation Street producers have denied reports that three of the soap's stars are leaving, adding the trio have all signed new contracts.

The Sun claimed Kate Ford, Bill Ward and Richard Fleeshman - who play Tracy Barlow, Charlie Stubbs and Craig Harris - would leave the long-running show.

However, an ITV spokesman said: "The three artists have all signed new contracts in the last two weeks."

Johnny Briggs filmed his last scenes on Monday after 30 years as Mike Baldwin.

His exit from the programme - also involving his arch rival Ken Barlow - will be broadcast in the UK in April.

Richard Fleeshman was this year's winner of the ITV1 song contest Soapstar Superstar.

The 16-year-old beat colleague Andy Whyment, who plays Kirk Sutherland in the show, in the final in January.

ITV declined to comment on the nature of the actors' new contracts.

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