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Coronation Street star Faye Brookes films her final scenes as Kate Connor

Coronation Street star Faye Brookes bid a fond farewell to the soap on Friday after filming her final scenes as Kate Connor.

The actress, 31, left the Manchester studio with celebratory balloons in hand as she embraced delighted fans in the pouring rain.

In April Faye announced she would be leaving Coronation Street after four years of playing Kate, becoming just the latest star to depart the famous cobbles amid the so-called cast exodus.

She's off! Coronation Street star Faye Brookes, 31, bid a fond farewell to the soap on Friday as she left the studios in Manchester after filming her final scenes as Kate Connor

She’s off! Coronation Street star Faye Brookes, 31, bid a fond farewell to the soap on Friday as she left the studios in Manchester after filming her final scenes as Kate Connor

Faye cut a casual figure as she attempted to dodge the torrential rain while leaving the studios, with her final scenes set to air sometime in September.

The soap star appeared to have been surprised by her co-stars as she had plenty of presents and balloons with her.

Faye happily stopped to meet fans who had been waiting in the wet weather, and delightedly embraced some of them before jumping into a waiting car.

It comes after Faye was forced to defend her decision to quit the soap, after becoming the fifth successive cast member to announce their departure.

Happy: The soap star cut a casual figure as she left the studio in the pouring rain with leaving presents in hand

Happy: The soap star cut a casual figure as she left the studio in the pouring rain with leaving presents in hand

Speaking at the British Soap Awards in May, Faye opened up about her decision to leave the long-running soap.

She told The Sun: ‘It’s the end of my contract. It’s come to an end. I want to go out on a high.’

Faye’s comments come after the popular soap’s mass cast exodus, which has seen the exit of seven cast members in just three months.

Among those still to leave are Lucy Fallon (who plays Bethany Platt), Katie McGlynn (Sinead Tinker), Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor) and Tristan Gemmill (Robert Preston).

Lovely: Faye happily stopped to greet delighted fans who had been waiting in the torrential weather

Lovely: Faye happily stopped to greet delighted fans who had been waiting in the torrential weather

However, Faye has revealed this may not be the end for Kate and she’s happy ITV bosses have left the door open.

She said: ‘I’ve had a lot of storylines to be fair. I’ve loved my four years. I’m really grateful to Corrie to leave it open ended because it means I can come back.’

Faye joined the hit ITV soap in 2015 as the sister of late Aidan Connor, played by Shayne Ward, and half-sister of Carla Connor, played by Alison King.

Her character recently lost the love of her life on their wedding day and it’s only now been revealed who is to blame for Rana’s death.

An ITV representative confirmed Faye’s departure to MailOnline in April, saying: ‘Faye is a very talented actress who has put her all into the portrayal of Kate Connor for the past three and a half years, we wish her every success for the future.

‘She will be on screen until early Autumn and the door will be left open.’

She's off! In April Faye announced she had quit Coronation Street after four years of playing Kate Connor (pictured above in June)

She’s off! In April Faye announced she had quit Coronation Street after four years of playing Kate Connor (pictured above in June)

Via CelebStarZone

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