Coronation Street’s Katie McGlynn posts emotional statement as she leaves soap

She's played Sinead Tinker since 2013

Katie McGlynn as Sinead Tinker

by Emma Dodds |
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Coronation Street actress Katie McGlynn has shared an incredibly emotional post after her last day on the soap. The 26-year-old, who has played Sinead for six years, took to Instagram with a photo of herself and her on-screen husband Daniel Osbourne, played by Rob Mallard.

Katie's character Sinead has been involved in a long-running story about cervical cancer in young women, with Sinead being diagnosed after she discovered she was pregnant. The storyline has been praised for being true to life.

Daniel and Sinead got married on the show
©Daniel and Sinead got married on the show © ITV

Referencing the storyline, Katie wrote, 'After nearly 7 wonderful years playing Sinead Tinker, my time on the cobbles is coming to an end. I feel so privileged & honoured to have been a part of @coronationstreet ❤️

'I’ve honestly enjoyed every single second working alongside a BRILLIANT cast and crew who go above and beyond to make Corrie the amazing show that it is. I’m going to miss everyone so much 💗.

'I’m sad to be leaving Sinead behind, but I felt the time was right for me to spread my wings & pursue other opportunities. As a team we felt Sinead’s ending on the show should highlight the importance of cervical cancer screenings - and that women NEED to go for their smear tests.'

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Sinead wants Daniel to meet her at the Bistro for lunch, but after their close encounter Daniel wants to avoid Bethany and so decides to take Bertie out for the day instead.

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But on her insistence, Daniel decides to show up for the lunch date and is overcome with emotion when he finds Sinead in her wedding gown, ready to get married there and then.

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As Beth helps Sinead get ready and do her hair for the ceremony, she's startled to feel a lump on the back of Sinead's neck.

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Preparing to walk down the aisle, Beth and Sinead both put on a brave face as doubts about what they've discovered sink in.

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After the ceremony, Sinead takes her new husband aside and quietly tells him about the lump – but implores him not to worry and to enjoy their day.

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As their guests rally around to congratulate them and wish them well for the future, Daniel is overcome and rushes out before he can make his speech.

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The next day, Sinead and Daniel head to an emergency appointment at the hospital, where they're given the worst possible news – the cancer is back, and it's terminal.

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Sinead steels herself to tell her family that she's been given just three or four months to live, and she breaks down as her thoughts turn to Bertie growing up without a mum.

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As the reception gets underway at Ray's hotel, which he's kindly offered for free, Robert and Michelle argue when he finds out she's accepted Ray's franchise offer.

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An angry Robert storms out of the party and heads straight to Vicky's house, where they eat dinner and he tells her he'd like to stay the night.

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As things get flirty between them, Robert kisses Vicky passionately and suggests they go upstairs...

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Meanwhile with the party wrapping down Ray asks Michelle to meet him in one of the suites, but Michelle is taken aback when she turns up and finds Ray in his bath robe. As he goes to touch her leg, Michelle makes her excuses and leaves.

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At the garage, Kevin has launched into one of his rants when Tyrone catches Abi gazing at him intently. Getting the wrong end of the stick, Tyrone urges Kevin to ask her on a date.

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Later on at the Rovers, Abi and Kevin sit down for a pint and Abi is surprised when she realises that Kevin thinks it's a date. Letting him down gently, Abi tells him he's just a pal.

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But when Kevin finds out that Abi's actually been filming her for her webseries, he's humiliated and sacks her on the spot. Sophie convinces her dad that his popularity could be a major money spinner.

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At the wedding, Kate thinks of losing Rana on her own wedding day and gets upset. Jenny tells her she wants to help with her travels, and when Kate finds an envelope of money in her bag later she thanks a bemused Jenny.

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Jenny accepts Kate's gratitude awkwardly but it's clear the money isn't from her – so who is it from? Kate asks Sophie if she wants to come with her on her trip.

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Later on as friends and family gather at the pub for Kate's leaving do, Sophie tells Paula about her offer but decides she's going to stay in Weatherfield. Paula is thrilled.

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Elsewhere, Maria is left red faced when she angrily accuses Ali of cheating on her with a grieving Emma. Ali suggests a romantic night away, but when he spends the whole night asleep Maria is left disappointed.

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The next day, Maria decides bringing lunch to work for Ali would be a nice gesture. But as she arrives, Ali is distracted when he sees his dealer being taken away in handcuffs.

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As Ali rages and rants and Maria, she's left wondering if he's really the man for her after all...

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With his hospital dealer behind bars, Ali goes to visit Dr Gaddas and, trying to hide his worsening withdrawal symptoms, begs for diazepam.

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But Dr Gaddas isn't convinced by Ali's shakey cover up and realising what's going on, urges him to get help for his addiction.

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Ali arrives back home empty handed, having failed to swipe any of Carla's anxiety pills either. When Ryan calls in at the house he's horrified to find Ali convulsing on the floor.

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Bernie takes Gemma shopping for maternity clothes, but a suspicious Chesney wonders where she's found the money.

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As the pregnancy test scam comes to light, Gemma is furious and yells at her mum in the middle of the shop! When Bernie tries to leave, she sets off the security alarm.

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By a strange coincidence, Bernie recognises the security guard as one of her old boyfriends, Kel, and manages to persuade him to let them go.

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Later on at home, the family are sitting down to tea when there's a knock at the door – Bernie has invited Kel as a thank you.

She continued, 'Also, to highlight the issues women face when affected by cancer in or around pregnancy @mummys.star 🌟💙 Everyone has been working so hard on this storyline and I just hope I do Sinead, the show and the thousands of women out their who have been in Sinead’s position, justice.'

'Sinead Tinker might be leaving Coronation Street, but I’ll carry a piece of her quirkinesses with me forever ❤ .'

Fans took to the comments section to praise Katie for her portrayal, with one writing, 'You’ve done us all justice Katie ❤️ thanks for not only playing the part, but for taking the time to talk to us women. You’ve gone above and beyond. You should be super super proud of yourself!!'

Another added, 'You are a wonderful lady and you should be very proud of how you portrayed the character and her story. As a cervical cancer survivor, you touched on so many feelings i have daily. Thank you for raising awareness and for telling the story the way to did - you should be very proud.'

Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.

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