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Corrie’s Rachel Leskovac ‘beyond thrilled’ with new role after tragic soap exit

Coronation Street star Rachel Leskovac has bagged a new acting job following her tragic exit from the ITV soap. Rachel played Natasha Blakeman in Corrie, before her character was tragically gunned down last year

Coronation Street star Rachel Leskovac says she is “beyond thrilled” as she announced a new role after her Coronation Street exit.

Rachel played Natasha Blakeman on the ITV soap up until last year, when she was tragically gunned down in a case of mistaken identity after Harvey Gaskell returned to the street to kill Leanne Battersby.

She has revealed she will be joining the cast of Waterloo Road, alongside the likes of fellow Corrie star Kym Marsh as well as Angela Griffin, Adam Thomas and Katie Griffiths.

Sharing the exciting news on Instagram, Rachel wrote: “Finally I get to tell you my big news!!!

Natasha Blakeman was gunned down in tragic scenes last year

“I am beyond excited to be joining the amazing cast, playing Head of English ‘Coral Walker’ – Miss Walker to you!!! In the iconic show that is @waterlooroad, it’s gonna be mega! #backtoschool #waterlooroad.”

Her former Corrie co-stars rushed to the comments section to congratulate her.

“Ahh amazing news Rach!” Samia Longchambon – who plays Maria – wrote, whilst Jack P Shepherd – who stars as David Platt – left three clapping emojis under her announcement post.

Rachel played Natasha Blakeman on Corrie

Actress Charlotte Jordan – who stars as Daisy Midgeley on the ITV soap – wrote: “Ahhhh Rachel this is GREAT!!! Can’t wait to see!”

As Rachel’s casting was announced, so was Kym Marsh’s. She played Michelle Connor on the soap for several years.

Speaking about her new role in Waterloo Road, she said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the fabulous cast of Waterloo Road, it’s such a joy to get the opportunity to film in Manchester again and I can’t wait to get going!”