Who can forget the 1990s era of Coronation Street?

Such a part of British life was the soap then as it is now, then even for those who never called themselves avid viewers still tend to find that they have fond memories or certain names and faces of characters.

Curly and Raquel’s romance warmed our hearts, everyone still did all their shopping at Freshco, and legends like Bet Lynch and Mavis Wilton were still in the cast.

Naturally, many stars came and went over the course of the decade, so thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the big-name exits from the ’90s to see what they’re getting up to these days.

Sarah Lancashire (Raquel Watts)

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Sarah Lancashire played one half of Coronation Street’s most famous super-couples. However, upon deciding to leave in 1996, Sarah’s character, Raquel Watts, was faced with the decision between a life with her husband, Curly, and a job in aromatherapy in Kuala Lumpur. To the shock of the nation, she chose the latter, and in the process went about breaking up a marriage that acted as part of the foundation on which the show was built.

Our hearts broke again when Raquel later made a brief return to the cobbles in 2000 to seek a divorce from Curly.

Since leaving the Street, Lancashire has gone on to consolidate her position as a bona-fide national treasure. Indeed, Sarah has become one of Corrie‘s greatest success stories. Highlights include receiving an Olivier Award nomination for a stage role in Betty Blue Eyes in 2011, winning a BAFTA for her part in Last Tango in Halifax in 2014, and the recent widespread acclaim she’s received for playing police sergeant Catherine Cawood in Happy Valley.

Angela Griffin (Fiona Middleton)

Before deciding to leave the show in 1998, Angelia Griffin was a part of Steve McDonald’s litany of girlfriends. However, after an affair with Fiona’s best friend Maxine, Fiona decided to leave Weatherfield, an act which marked the end of Angela Griffin’s time on the cobbles.

Angela is another ex-Street star who’s rarely been out of work. Since departing Weatherfield, she’s enjoyed high-profile roles in the likes of Down To Earth, Holby City, Cutting It, Waterloo Road and Mount Pleasant. She’s also never ruled out a Corrie return, so watch out Steve… 

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