Coronation Street airs Zeedan Nazir’s exit scenes next week as he realises that he needs a fresh start away from Weatherfield.
Zeedan waves goodbye to his family – and his new business – after a dramatic clash with a stranger leads to him weighing up his future options.
As we’ve already revealed, upcoming Corrie episodes see Zeedan turn violent with a man called Phil as he tries to protect his estranged wife Rana.
Scenes airing this Friday see Phil hassle Rana, Kate and Sophie out on the town, before turning even more sinister by following them back to the Street.
When Phil grabs Kate, there’s chaos on the cobbles as Rana screams for help and Zeedan rushes over to the rescue – punching Phil and knocking him unconscious.
Early next week, Zeedan is relieved to hear that Phil will make a full recovery from the attack – easing his fears of ending up with a death on his conscience.
Zeedan is also spared any trouble from the police when Kate and Rana cover for him, keeping his name out of it when they’re quizzed over what happened.
Just when it looks like things might be about to return to normal for everyone, it’s clear that Zeedan’s guilt over what he did to Phil is still weighing heavily on him.
As a result, Zeedan announces that he’s giving up on the restaurant and leaving Weatherfield, much to the surprise of Imran, Yasmeen, Alya and Rana.
Zeedan’s loved ones all urge him to change his mind, believing that he’s making a big mistake by leaving just as his new business is taking off. However, despite everyone’s best efforts, Corrie fans know that Zeedan will indeed be leaving the show.
Qasim Akhtar, who plays Zeedan, recently explained: “When I first started here, in my mind I told myself that I would like to do three years at Coronation Street and then see what happens from there. By the time I leave, I will have done four years so I got another year out of it.
“I’ve always been really ambitious and I still have that fire and hunger in my belly where I want to explore and do other projects. Because I am seeing so much more diversity in shows nowadays and the pressure that shows have got to introduce more Asian and black actors into things, I feel like it’s a great time for me to be out there.
“Just talking for myself, in the position I am in – being young and not having major commitments in my life – if there is ever a time to do it, it’s now.”
Coronation Street airs these scenes on Monday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 23 at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.
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