Bill Tarmey, who plays Jack Duckworth in ITV soap Coronation Street, is to leave the show after more than 30 years.
While fans of the show have been promised a "fitting" departure for the popular character, producers but have not revealed any details.
The actor has admitted he is "sorry to say goodbye to Jack".
"People often ask me if I like Jack Duckworth and I always reply - 'like him, I bloody love him'.
"Because of him I have made some fantastic friends and travelled all over the world," he adds.
"I had originally wanted to retire last year but producer Kim Crowther and my wife Ally persuaded me to stay for the show's 50th anniversary and I am glad that I made that decision.
"I have had some great storylines over the past three decades and I am looking forward to seeing what Jack's final story will be."