Coronation Street actress Kimberly Hart-Simpson has quit the Cobbles after a four-month stint.
Kimberly, 33, has filmed her final scenes as sex worker Nicky Wheatley, who was embroiled in an emotionally charged plot to escape the Street for a new life with her daughter.
She succeeded with the help of Rob Mallard's Daniel Osbourne, and now it's reported that her final scenes, which aired last month, marked the end of her time on the soap.
But telly insiders say the door is always open for a return after Kimberly's performance impressed ITV higher-ups.
A source told The Sun Online : "Nicky's proved really popular with viewers and the bosses absolutely love Kimberly.
"The character has gone off for the storyline to develop but the door is very much open for her return."
Nicky had caught Daniel's eye when she first showed her face in Weatherfield.
The two quickly became entangled in each other's lives as Daniel risked his freedom to nab cash from evil Geoff Metclafe and help to pay off Nicky's debts.
But after Nicky returned some of the stolen money, villain Geoff cottoned on to what had happened.
After reporting Daniel to the cops, he was forced to borrow from Craig to pay Geoff back.
A rep for ITV confirmed to The Sun that Nicky's future return hasn't been ruled out.
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