The Coronation Street character Sinead Tinker will leave the soap this autumn following her death from cancer.
Played by Katie McGlynn, Sinead has been a fixture on the ITV favourite since 2013, appearing in over 500 episodes.
The character was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2018, but had appeared to be recovering well throughout this year.
However, in episodes airing this week it is revealed that the disease has returned, with tragic consequences for the character and her family.
When will Sinead Tinker leave?
Sinead finds out that her cancer has spread to her lymph nodes and liver after her aunt, Beth, discovered a lump on her neck as she helped her prepare for her wedding day.
After getting married to Daniel Osborne, played by Rob Mallard, she goes for tests at hospital, and the couple prepare to go on a mini-moon as a distraction.
However, their travel plans are interrupted by the hospital calling Sinead in urgently, and she finds out that her cancer is now aggressive and untreatable – giving her three or four months to live.
Previews to upcoming episodes reveal that Sinead visits a hospice with Daniel, who is shown struggling to come to terms with losing his wife, and the prospect of raising their baby son, Bertie, alone.
Although ITV has only officially confirmed that the character will leave in autumn, on 8 September McGlynn confirmed on social media that she has completed filming on the soap.
She posted on Twitter: “Officially finished filming today… anybody hiring actresses around here? Seven years experience on the Worlds Longest Running soap?”
Officially finished filming today… anybody hiring actresses around here? 7 years experience on the worlds longest running soap? 🤷🏼♀😂 #actressforhire #lastfilmingday #endofanera
— Katie McGlynn (@KatiexMcGlynn) September 8, 2019
‘Incredibly moving and poignant storyline’
To ensure the storyline was treated appropriately, ITV worked “very closely” with the charities Mummy’s Star and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.
Mummy’s Star CEO Pete Wallroth, who founded the charity when his wife died after the birth of their daughter, described his involvement as “a wonderful opportunity”.
“Cancer in pregnancy is a subject that few understand and even less realise happens to two women a day in the UK,” he said.
“So to have been asked by the Coronation Street team to work with them in advising on the storyline over the last 12 months with Rob and Katie has been both a pleasure and a wonderful opportunity.
“They have listened to first hand accounts from women, asked for so much advice and this has been reflected so professionally and realistically on screen through their portrayal of Sinead and Daniel’s harrowing experiences.”
Rebecca Shoosmith, the Head of Support Services for Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, said it was “fantastic that the programme has been able to raise awareness of the disease”.
She added: “We have been working very closely with Coronation Street on this incredibly moving and poignant storyline over the last year to ensure it is portrayed as accurately and sensitively as possible.”
McGlynn: ‘Support has been gratefully received’
McGlynn paid tribute to Mummy’s Star for their role in preparing her for the scenes: “It’s been really helpful chatting to them, some of the families and the founder Pete Wallroth who’ve been through this in real life.
“Every story is different, and it’s quite a unique experience battling cancer in pregnancy, Sinead blames herself, so their advice and support has been very gratefully received.”
Digital Spy reported that the actress said at the TV Choice Awards: “You don’t really realise the impact that it has in the outside world. When I heard about the story, I jumped at the chance.
“So far I have had so many messages from young women who have gone for their smears because of what they’ve seen on screen and they’ve found pre-cancerous cells which is really saving someone’s life.”