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Georgia May Foote ‘was axed from Coronation Street after refusing to have her character convert to Islam’
- Georgia refused to follow storyline claims ex Coronation Street star, Marc Anwar
- Soap bosses wanted her character to convert to Islam
- Georgia was written out of Corrie in 2014 after five years in the role admitting that it ‘wasn’t her decision’
Georgia May Foote was axed from Coronation Street after refusing to have her character convert to Islam, according to former co-star Marc Anwar.
The 62-year-old actor told The Sun On Sunday that following Georgia’s decision not to go through with the storyline, her character Katie Armstrong was written out in 2014.
Marc himself was axed from the the ITV soap in 2016 after he was revealed to have posted racially offensive tweets, with his character Sharif Nazir abruptly leaving Weatherfield in the thick of a dramatic affair storyline.
Shocking: Georgia May Foote was axed from Coronation Street after refusing to have her character Katie Armstrong convert to Islam, claims former co-star Marc Anwar
Marc told the publication that Georgia was approached by producers with a storyline which would see her fall in love with Sharif’s grandson Zeedan (played by Qasim Akhtar), and would eventually convert to Islam so they could be together.
He said: ‘The storyline was that he would then ask her to become a Muslim. But when that was put to her she declined. I don’t know what her reasons were.
‘But she was adamant she didn’t want to do that storyline. And so the response was, ”OK, see you later.”
A Coronation Street spokesperson denied Marc’s claims, telling MailOnline: ‘Georgia May Foote did not refuse to do any storylines during her time on the show.’
Georgia’s representatives have been approached by MailOnline for comment.
Gone: Georgia departed Coronation Street in 2015, and her character killed off-screen two years later
Dramatic: The storyline entailed that Georgia’s character Katie would have fallen for Zeedan Nazir (played by Qasim Akhtar)
Georgia was written out of Corrie in 2014 after five years in the role, and the star told OK! magazine at the time: ‘I was a bit gutted that leaving Corrie wasn’t my decision – it’s like a boyfriend dumping you first.’
To add insult to injury two years after her character left the Street – with the door left open for a possible return – Katie was killed off-screen in a car accident.
Meanwhile Marc was sacked from the soap in 2016 after he posted a slew of racially offensive tweets just days after 17 soldiers killed at a Kashmir airbase sparked a clash between India and Pakistan.
During his rant – in which he inserted asterisks in the most offensive words – Anwar said: ‘Ban #india movies in #PakistanisLeaveIndia. B******s p**s drinking c***s.’
Explosive: Marc, 62, told The Sun On Sunday Georgia was approached by producers with the conversion storyline, but refused and was soon written out of the soap
Despite posting an apology video and deleting the tweets, Marc was swiftly axed from Corrie, with his character Sharif leaving under a cloud of mystery just as his seven-year affair with Sonia Rahman (Sonia Rahman) was discovered by wife Yasmeen (Shelley King).
In a statement a spokesman for ITV said at the time: ‘We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar. We have talked to Marc and, as a consequence of his comments, he will not be returning to Coronation Street with immediate effect.’
Speaking to The Sun Marc also said that he immediately regretted posting the offensive tweets, adding they were sent ‘in the heat of the moment’ after he heard that a male relative had been killed in the Kashmir conflict.
Sacked: Marc himself was sacked from Corrie in 2016, after he was revealed to have posted racially offensive tweets in response to the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan
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