Coronation Street actor Joe Alessi teases exit ahead for Kel 9 months ago

Coronation Street actor Joe Alessi teases exit ahead for Kel

Coronation Street actor Joe Alessi has teased an exit ahead for his character, Kel Hinchley.

The character arrived in Weatherfield in September, as Corrie began to explore a historic sexual abuse storyline.

Viewers discovered that Paul Foreman had been groomed and sexually abused by Kel - who had been his stepfather when he was a teenager.

Speaking on Lorriane on Friday morning, Alessi said that while it was "open-ended" how long Kel would stick around for, the character was "finite".

He said:

"I don't know, I have no idea [how long he will be in Weatherfield for].

"The character I'm playing, it's finite. I'm never going to be a regular on Coronation Street, that's for sure. My role will come to an end at some point."

Alessi previously spoke about his initial reactions when he was approached about the storyline, as well as why it was important for Corrie to show it.

He said:

"It is a taboo subject but at the same time, in the last ten years, there has been a real culture of openness where people are encouraged to talk about their experiences of rape or male abuse.

"This is why we are doing this storyline, we are doing it to bring it out into the open. It’s more common than we think and as an actor I play the scene as real and as honest as possible, given the storyline.

"Coronation Street is one the greatest soaps in history with huge viewing figures. It is vitally important to bring issues to the wider public so that anybody that may be affected by this storyline will feel more comfortable to get in contact with charities like Survivors Manchester."