Coronation Street: Catherine Tyldesley has played Eva Price since 2011 [Catherine Tyldesley/Instagram]
The stunning actress, who has played Eva Price in the soap since 2011, married Tom Pitford last year and the couple have a two year old son Alfie.
And now reports suggest that Catherine wants to quit the Cobbles to be with her family and focus on “other things”.
While initial sources suggested a temporary break, pals are reportedly now saying that the break would be on more of a permanent basis.
A soap insider told The Sun on Sunday: “While she loves the show, it is very demanding at times. And since becoming a mother she would like more time to spend with her family.
Coronation Street: Catherine Tyldesley is reportedly taking a break from the long-running soap [Getty]
Coronation Street: Eva Price broke the news to Maria Connor that she was expecting a baby with Aidan [ITV]
“Her break next year will give her a taste of life without Corrie. But at the moment she intends it to be permanent. She wants to pursue other projects.”
However, a spokesperson for Catherine told OK! Online: “It’s purely speculation, she signed a new contract with Coronation Street very recently.”
Factory worker Eva recently found out her boyfriend Aidan Connor, played by Shayne Ward, is cheating on her with her best mate Maria Connor.
Determined to get revenge, Eva hatched a plan to pretend she’s pregnant with Aidan’s baby and continues to max out his credit cards for her own gain.
Coronation Street: Eva Price learned about Maria and Aidan’s affair [ITV]
The plan recently stepped up a gear as Eva told Maria her “news”, as well as their intent to move the wedding forward, when the pair went on a spa break.
Aidan rushed to the venue and was later confronted by his hairdresser lover, who told him that the affair was over if only for the sake of the unborn child.
Coming to the realisation that the romance must end, Maria told him: “I watched Liam growing up without a dad, I wouldn’t wish that on any child…No this is the end of the line for us now. We’re done now. Sort yourself out Aidan if only for that baby’s sake.”
However, Eva’s sister Leanne Battersby was watching and jumped to the wrong conclusion when she saw the two looking close.
Coronation Street: Leanne Battersby called Aidan Connor a ‘scumbag’ for cheating on Eva Price [ITV]
Running back to her scorned sibling, Jane Danson’s character vowed: “I’ve just seen them together. They were intimate. He’s a dead man walking. I saw him with my own eyes cheating. Listen don’t get sad, get even.”
Coronation Street continues Monday at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.