Corries Millie Gibson shares sweet message to co-star after swift soap exit

Coronation Street star Millie Gibson shared a sweet tribute to her co star after his abrupt exit.

Nathan Graham, who played James Bailey on the cobbles, starred in his final episode of the soap on Monday (October 3).

Millie who plays Kelly Neelan on the show took to Instagram to pay a sweet tribute to Nathan. .

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She wrote: "Go get em'!1! Best of luck with it all, the powerhouse that is…. @nathangraham5."

Although the circumstances around Nathan's exit have not been revealed, James actor Nathan revealed: "Yes it was emotional and I did fill up.

"I am so close to my on screen family so I know I will see them all again but that was my last time being part of the on screen Bailey family."

"There were a lot of similarities between James’ departure and my own, he is sad to be going but is excited about his future and so am I."

The character of James is leaving Coronation Street because he has been offered a new job as a football coach at a youth centre out of town.

Fans have been left baffled by James's abrupt departure.

One person tweeted: "So James has got a new job and is leaving in the space of a day? Which world is he living in?!"

Another remarked: "So James just gets the job and is starting straight away, eh? What about the month-long wait for the DBS check?"

And a third commented: "#Corrie wow James’s decides to go into coaching and just like that he’s got a job."

Other fans were sad to see the character, played by Nathan Graham, go, saying they wanted to see more from the character.

One person wrote: "I’m sad to see James go. Having a regular character as a footballer has been fun and interesting."

They added: "He’s been one of my favourite characters the past few years, and had some really important storylines. A great send off. Glad we got the Bailey family meal scene."

Another said: "All of the hotties/eye candy are leaving! First Imran and now James. It won't be worth watching Corrie soon."

Millie has also recently left Weatherfield a month after handing in her notice.

Speaking to Daily Star and other press about her exit, Millie explained that she plans to take a souvenir from set home with her.

She said: "I’m going to take Kelly’s puffer coat, the massive fur coat that’s the most ridiculous coat ever.

"It looks like a bin-bag – that black bin-bag coat with fur on the hood, she wears it all the time in winter and every time it’s summer I think, 'God, I miss that coat!'

"I feel like her when I’m wearing it so I’m going to take that for sure."

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