Former Coronation Street star Julie Goodyear has pulled out of her run in West End hit Calendar Girls, it has been announced.

The star opened in the show – in which she stripped – earlier this month, but has left the production because of a “debilitating virus”.

A spokeswoman for Julie said the actress had been told to rest, explaining: “Due to a debilitating virus Julie has been told by doctors to rest.

“She will be fine, she just needs to rest and that would be impossible with eight shows a week.”

Julie has been replaced by ex-EastEnders actress Hannah Waterman, who will play Cora (Miss July) from December 1.

Hannah will show off her new slimline figure in the role after dropping five dress sizes with a new fitness regime.

Calendar Girls, at London’s Noel Coward Theatre, also stars Kelly Brook, Arabella Weir and Jan Leeming.

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