Coronation Street star Charlie Condou has revealed he quit his role in the soap after making the decision to put his family first.

The actor, who plays Marcus Dent in the ITV soap, told the Mirror that his four-year-old daughter Georgia had influenced his decision to leave.

“It was just getting too difficult. Georgia is at an age now where she was saying, ‘How long are you away for this week?’ and ‘When are you going to be back, daddy?'” the actor explained.

“At my busiest I was getting home late on a Friday night and going back to Manchester on Sunday afternoon. I just wasn’t getting that time with my kids.”

Charlie, who will leave Corrie this summer, will find himself in a love triangle with Maria and Todd prior to his departure.

The actor said the storyline would get ‘darker and darker’ ahead of his exit and added: “This is soap and Marcus and Maria was never going to end well. There was going to be no happy ever after.”

However he said that despite the ensuing drama Marcus would not be killed off.

“The producer said the door would be left open,” he explained. “That’s always a really nice thing to hear. I’m not under any illusions and saying I’m off to Hollywood.

“Obviously I want to do other things, but it’s nice to know that I could go back in the future.”