Why is Bhavna Limbachia leaving Coronation Street and what is she doing next?

Bhavna Liimbachia as Rana Habeeb in Coronation Street
Bhavna Limbachia is leaving Coronation Street – but how will Rana exit? (Picture: ITV)

Bhavna Limbachia is set to bid farewell to Coronation Street amid rumours that her character Rana Habeeb will tragically fall victim to the factory collapse.

The actress broke the news to her fans in January that she was quitting the cobbles, with reports suggesting she had asked show bosses to kill off her character so that she didn’t have to split up the romance between Rana and Kate Connor (Faye Brookes).

All of which led to much speculation that Rana will meet a heartbreaking end on the day of her wedding to Kate.

So just why is Bhavna leaving and what will her next move be?

Here’s what you need to know about the actress.

Why is Bhavna Limbachia leaving Coronation Street?

The actress has not given an official reason for leaving the soap, but it’s been reported that it was her decision to leave, as she wanted to move on to other projects.



She broke the news of her departure in a Twitter message to her fans back in January.

Following media reports this morning I just wanted to send you all a message @itvcorrie ♥️??? pic.twitter.com/Toa2pCFo7h

— Bhavna Limbachia (@BhavnaLimbachia) January 23, 2019

‘Hi guys I just wanted to give you a little message to say thank you 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 but don’t worry guys, I have extended my contract.

‘I’ve had a wonderful time here but there’s still lots more to film and I’m really grateful to Iain, our producer, for respecting my decision to leave and we have collaborated to come up with an amazing exit storyline so thank you so much. I really should get going now as these scenes won’t film themselves!’

A spokesperson told metro.co.uk at the time that the actress had been ‘fully involved in the discussions about Rana’s leaving story’ as they wished her all the best for the future.

What will Bhavna be seen in next and what has she been in before?

Coronation Street actress Bhavna Limbachia at the 2018 British Soap Awards
The actress has also been in Citizen Khan as well as Corrie (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

As well as Corrie, she’ll also be familiar to fans of the comedy series Citizen Khan, in which she played Alia Khan, one of the daughters of the title character played by Adil Ray.



The 34-year-old has also appeared in the likes of Doctors, Pramface, Mount Pleasant, Casualty and Cuffs.

Her next project has yet to be revealed.

Coronation Street airs weeknights on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV at 7.30pm.

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