Simon, Leanne and Rowan in Coronation Street

Alex is leaving the show after sixteen years (Image: ITV)

Coronation Street star Alex Bain has confirmed he is filming new scenes for the show ahead of time his impending departure.

The actor, best known for his portrayal of Simon Barlow since 2008, will say goodbye to the cobbles in the next few months.

During his time on the series, he was part of some high-profile stories – including being trapped in a burning apartment while his father Peter (Chris Gascoyne) slept on the sofa, and physically attacking his adoptive mother Leanne Battersby (Jane Danson). abused and then raised to deal drugs by Harvey Gaskell (Will Mellor).

More recently he’s had a hard time with the bottle and, in worrying scenes, his car crashed when it exceeded the limit, putting his little “brother” Sam Blakeman (Jude Riordan) in danger.

Yesterday (March 18), Alex shared a picture on Instagram to accompany his story from the series’ 7.7-acre production facility in Trafford, Greater Manchester.

Alex Bain posts a cryptic Instagram message ahead of his departure from Simon Barlow.

Alex posted the update to his 27,000 followers (Image: Alex Bain/Instagram)
Simon is in trouble quite a couple Times (Image: ITV)

Corrie has lived on the other side of Salford Quays for a decade, having moved there from the former Granada Studios.

Alongside the image, which shows the large metallic logo on the side of the building, he captioned it, “Guess who’s back home?”

Whether that means he’s finished filming and coming back for a short stay, or if he’s just going to the studio to clean up his desk remains to be seen.

His departure is expected to take place later this spring as Simon and Leanne become involved in The Institute, a dangerous cult masquerading as a support group at the Chariot Square Hotel.

He attended the seminars for the first time in last week’s episodes and was driven there by his mother after his drink driving ban.

The two were immediately intrigued by lecturer Rowan (Emrhys Cooper), who was very proud of the flattering comments they both gave him.

This isn’t the first time the ITV show has tackled a cult story – in 1998, Zoe Tattersall (Joanne Froggatt) was introduced to the Etheric Foundation, a group of people who sold crystals and worshiped their leader Nirab (a funny anagram) ( then-acting producer Brian Park).

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