Coronation Street signs Casualty star Amanda Mealing in new role after she quit medical drama

CORONATION Street has snapped up Casualty star Amanda Mealing for a new role, The Sun can exclusively reveal.

The actress – who played Connie Beauchamp in the BBC medical drama – won’t be appearing on camera on the cobbles however. 

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Instead she is directing a block of episodes for the ITV soap.

Amanda hinted about her new job last week when she tweeted about the Queen visiting her workplace.

The Queen spent an afternoon at the Corrie studios last Thursday in a belated visit to celebrate the soap’s 60th anniversary.

Amanda tweeted: "Well, not often HRH herself pops in to my work! Ha!"

Fans began to beg for information, asking if she had joined the cast of the ITV soap.

However she remained silent on the speculation.

Earlier this year Amanda announced she was quitting Casualty.

The actress played consultant Connie for seven years on Casualty, and 11 years previously on Holby City.

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She said: “It has been the most remarkable privilege to play Connie for the last 18 years. 

“When she first hit our screens there were few female leads that weren’t ‘the wife of…’, ‘the mistress of…’ or needed ‘rescuing’. 

“Most important for me is knowing that Connie has inspired so many women and young girls to seek careers, seek independence and strive to be their best.”

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