Qasim Akhtar quits Coronation Street
28 March 2018 - 10:00 AM

Qasim Akhtar quits Coronation Street

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Qasim Akhtar has quit "Coronation Street".

The 26-year-old actor, who plays Zeedan Nazir in the ITV soap, will bow out of the show after spending four years in the role.

A "Coronation Street" spokesperson told BANG Showbiz: "Qasim is a talented actor who has been involved in some great storylines during his time on the show.

"We wish him every success for the future."

The former "Shameless" star is said to have approached show bosses about leaving, and he is keen to try "something new" after four years in Weatherfield.

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A source said: "Qasim has been really popular among the cast and viewers but has decided he wants to do other things in the short term.

"He was a successful actor before he came onto "Corrie" so is looking forward to having another crack at something new. It was entirely his decision to leave."

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But it doesn't look like Zeedan will be killed off because "Corrie" producers are said to be keen to leave the door open for Qasim to potentially reprise his role as Zeedan at some point.

The source added to The Sun newspaper: "Bosses are hoping that in leaving the door open, he will return one day."

Qasim's latest big storyline has seen Zeedan split with wife Rana Nazir (Bhavna Limbachia) after she indulged in a lesbian affair with Kate Connor (Faye Brookes).

The "Corrie" couple have been dubbed "Kana" by soap superfans, but Faye recently admitted she and Bhavana were concerned about the reaction to the storyline.

She said: "We were worried about the reaction and that people weren't going to accept the idea about this new relationship.

"But they've received it so well and I know that it's only a positive thing and it can only get better."

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