Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's a Clean Break. I Had to Put Kylie in a Box. Literally; Six Years after Making Her Corrie Debut, Paula Lane Is to Bid Farewell to the Soap - in Suitably Dramatic Fashion. She Tells SUSAN GRIFFIN Why She's Perfectly Happy about Being Killed Off

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's a Clean Break. I Had to Put Kylie in a Box. Literally; Six Years after Making Her Corrie Debut, Paula Lane Is to Bid Farewell to the Soap - in Suitably Dramatic Fashion. She Tells SUSAN GRIFFIN Why She's Perfectly Happy about Being Killed Off

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T'S no secret that Corrie's Kylie Platt is going to be killed off - but exactly how she meets her Idemise is being kept strictly under wraps.

Rest assured it's going to be shocking, however.

"I'm not just saying this because I'm involved, but I don't think I've ever read an ending like it," reveals actress Paula Lane, who's played Kylie for six years since joining the popular soap in 2010.

"A lot of the cast who aren't actually involved have also read it and said it's something else. I think the audience is going to get a real sense of shock and surprise at how sudden the death is," adds the 30-year-old.

The shock death's set to happen on Friday - just as Kylie and husband David are about to head to Barbados, in a bid to make a fresh start and leave their woes behind them.

It's now 10 months since Kylie killed her ex Callum to prevent him harming David's sister Sarah. The trio then buried him beneath Gail's annexe flat.

Now the body's been discovered, Sarah's suffered a mental breakdown, while Tony, who was known to have had a grudge against Callum, is being blamed for the murder. And, given his death was announced to street residents only a few weeks ago, he won't be able to defend himself.

"Kylie struggles with the fact an innocent man's name has been trashed, but David's all right with that and says, 'We've won'.

"So there's the guilt factor, then you have Max [Kylie and Callum's son] dealing with his grief, and Gail decides she doesn't want to be in the annexe any more so it falls on Kylie and David to then take that room," explains Paula.

Overwhelmed, Kylie suggests they head to pastures new and leave it all far behind them.

"You really see the old Kylie and David come back together, all that excitement, young, free and easy... That was lovely to play, but all the crew behind me were going, 'Err...',' because they know what's coming," says the actress. "We're building the audience up to crash them down."

Paula - who also runs a children's drama school in Hebden Bridge, where she lives with her husband Tom and their 18-monthold son Arthur - says she made no secret of the fact she never saw herself staying in Coronation Street long-term.

"I was only contracted for six months, which spanned into a year, then three, and ended up being six. That seems to be a good solid time frame to create a character, let them develop and make an impact, but not be typecast. I was very conscious of that," she adds.

Her mum might be devastated by her daughter's departure, but Paula, who describes herself as "an old soul", admits she couldn't be happier with the storyline - despite the fact it means there's no chance of ever returning to Weatherfield.

"Of course it would have been nice to have the door left open, but I hope I can go on to do other things," she says. …

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