Coronation Street star James Craven is to leave his role as Aaron Sandford after one year.
The star has been at the centre of one of the year’s biggest storylines, which saw him rape a drunk Amy Barlow (Elle Mulvaney).
The topical consent story has sparked discussion and been praised by viewers and critics alike for shining a light on the prevalent crime.
Aaron was first seen on the cobbles as a kinder character, which was part of the point of his inclusion in the story, given it can truly be anyone who can commit an act like this.
He was introduced as a friend of Summer Spellman (Harriet Bibby) who was tackling her diabulimia battle.
They quickly embarked on a romance and moved in together, with Summer supporting her boyfriend in his turmoil with his drunk dad Eric.
However, things took a turn when a drunk Aaron had sex with Amy when she was clearly far too intoxicated to consent.
As his actions became public knowledge, he continued to deny rape and Amy would end up not getting justice through the law.
Instead, she has called out what he did online, prompting a legal battle as Eric determined to sue her.
And it seems that he might finally start to establish an understanding.
Having been aware of the story previously, Metro.co.uk can now confirm that the actor has filmed his final scenes amid the culmination of his part in the story.
We are holding back the details of how he leaves, and whether he finally admits that what he did was wrong, but the scenes are expected to be pivotal.
We understand that it’s just a matter of a few weeks before these scenes air, with sources telling us that, as part of a story like this, it was expected for an exit to follow.
Previously, James opened up about the difficulties in filming the story, telling Metro.co.uk: ‘I think that’s what I struggled with in the beginning, because it was always clear to me that what he’s done is wrong.
‘But I had to try and think about everything from [Aaron’s] point of view, and he just doesn’t think he’s done anything wrong.
‘The reason that he reacts and defends himself in the way that he does is because he truly believes he’s innocent.
‘It’s quite a difficult thing when he’s outwardly defending himself and you know that he shouldn’t be defending himself.
‘As an actor, you have to try and find a way to rationalise why he does what he does because he’s not an evil character.’
However, he was pleased by the reaction from viewers, with many reaching out to him and the show to share appreciation for Corrie covering the issue.
‘Not only is it opening up conversations about consent, about what is right and wrong, but it is also important to reassure people if they have been through something like this that they shouldn’t be made to feel like it’s okay,’ he added.
‘It’s important to let them know that there is stuff that they can do about it, and it’s never acceptable for something like this to happen.’
Another Corrie character has filmed their final scenes, with Lynn Kennedy confirming she has appeared for the last time as Justin’s sister Karen.
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