Coronation Street star Conor Ryan is set to take a break from the soap to pursue his film career in Hollywood.

The actor, who plays Len Windass on the Street, is heading to the US in January to try and make it in the industry over there.

Conor’s co-star from BBC drama Flesh and Blood Stephen Graham has become a US film star and the show’s director Julian Farino went on to become a big success in America with hit TV series Entourage.

Conor also trained at the same drama school as Gary Oldman.

Conor spoke about his character’s time on Coronation Street: “As the chief trouble causer and all round ducker and diver in the notorious Windass family, Len Windass has played a pivotal role in helping to turn the Windasses into a classic Corrie family.”

The actor has been running marathons, half marathons and 10k races to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for Leukaemia research – including taking part in the Great North Run with many other faces from Coronation Street and Emmerdale for TV Times.

Conor will also be singing a John Lennon classic at the Royal Albert Hall on 10 December.

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