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Rana set to leave The Street

Coronatio Street's Bhavna Limbachia insists it was her choice to leave the soap after it was revealed her character Rana Habeeb will be killed off.

It has been  confirmed the 34-year-old actress had quit the ITV soap, and will leave in heartbreaking scenes later this year.

Rana will die on her wedding to girlfriend Kate Connor - played by Faye Brookes - leaving 'Kana' fans devastated.

Taking to her official Twitter account today, Bhavna thanked Corrie fans for their kind words since the news of her departure broke.

She said: "I just wanted to give you a little message to say thank you so much for following Rana's journey and for the continued support of the storyline.

"I do have some news – my journey at Coronation Street will be coming to an end.

"I've had a wonderful time and there's still lots to film.

"I am really grateful to Iain our producer for respecting my decision to leave and we've come up with a wonderful exit storyline."

Bhavna joined Coronation Street as Rana in 2016 and quickly became a fan favourite after embarking on a lesbian romance with Kate.

Details of her death are being kept under wraps by secretive bosses on the ITV series but initial plans involved her dying on her wedding day to partner Kate Connor, played by Faye Brookes, 31.

The Sun understands that Bhavna — who has had roles in Doctors, Casualty and Citizen Khan — told former show boss Kate Oates last year that she wanted to try other projects.

And when new executive producer Iain Macleod joined she immediately told him of her plans, with script writers then beginning work on a dramatic exit.

A Coronation Street spokesperson confirmed her departure, saying: "Bhavna will be leaving Coronation Street later this year.

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