Coronation Street actor, Bruno Langely, has left the ITV soap after 16 years.

Having played the role of Todd Grimshaw since 2001, Bruno's final scenes are expected to be aired in the near future, with producers working to write the character out of the show.

The news comes weeks after allegations emerged, accusing the actor of sexual assault, and while some reports have linked the police investigation with his departure, a source for the show told HuffPost UK that this is not the case.

“His contract ended on October 26th following an internal inquiry,” they said.

“This inquiry was separate to any police investigation and was independent of any inquiries they are making.”

Bruno, who has denied any claims of wrongdoing, said in a statement:  “Sadly, I will no longer be working on Coronation Street. Acting on the show has been the fulfilment of a personal dream.

“Playing the role of Todd Grimshaw since I was 17 years old has been a huge part of my life, and an absolute honour.

“I would like to thank all of my friends who work on the show for their love, friendship and support during this extremely difficult period.”

Adding: “I will make a further statement in due course, and when I am able to do so.”