Chris Gascoyne is reportedly quitting Coronation Street after more than 13 years playing Peter Barlow.

It’s previously been revealed that recovering alcoholic Peter is set to have an affair with Tina McIntyre, played by Michelle Keegan. And now The Sun reports that Chris will leave Coronation Street on the back of the explosive storyline.

Chris will stay in the soap for one more year, after recently signing an extension to his contract until October 2014. But insiders claim Chris is looking forward to some time away from Corrie to spend with his family and pursue other roles.

However, his alter-ego Peter Barlow will not be killed off as the 45-year-old actor is keen to return to the street eventually.

Chris joined Coronation Street in 2000 and stayed for three years as troubled bad boy Peter. He returned to the show full-time in 2008.

A spokesman for Coronation Street said: “Chris has signed a new one-year contract which takes him to autumn 2014, and he is involved in some of the biggest storylines of the next 12 months. It is too early to comment beyond that.”

Michelle Keegan is also set to leave the soap, along with Michelle Collins.