'I'll never go back to Corrie' - Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire
Happy Valley star Sarah Lancashire has ruled out ever returning to Coronation Street.
The celebrated actress, who played Rovers Return barmaid Raquel Wolstenhulme in the 1990s, claims the ITV soap has undergone massive changes since she left in 2000.
Asked if she had ever been invited to return to the cobbles, the 53-year-old actress said: "No. The show I was in doesn't exist any more.
"Now do the next question - 'Would you ever go back?'. No, I wouldn't."
Lancashire was speaking ahead of her role in Channel 4 drama, Kiri, in which she plays Miriam, a social care worker caught up in a child abduction case.
The Bafta-award winning actress said she was excited to be working at a time when TV drama was valued.
"There's no constant. Drama will always ebb and flow," she said.
"It's a particularly brilliant period to be an actor, because the way we consume drama has changed. We have different platforms, we have global platforms and co-productions.
"I think, more than anything, I'm just very privileged to be a part of my profession.
"I think I'm very lucky because I love my job. I really love my job. I'm very blessed, really, to be able to do the job I love."
Kiri begins on Channel 4 on Wednesday, January 10, at 9pm.