Sarah Harding's short stint on Coronation Street has come to an end. It has been confirmed that her character Joni Preston's storyline will not be extended past the four episodes she was scheduled to appear in.
It had been reported that the 33-year-old had been axed from the ITV soap, but a spokesperson for Coronation Street confirmed: "Sarah was always only contracted for a four episode cameo role. There are no immediate plans for the character of Joni to return."
Sarah Harding's run on Coronation Street has come to an end
Sarah made her debut on the show this week – but her performance was met with mixed reviews. Ahead of her appearance, the former Girls Aloud star admitted she was a little nervous about coming across as an "amateur".
"They are icons and they're pros as well and I came in thinking, 'Oh my goodness, I'm so going to fluff my lines, I'm such an amateur!' So yes, I was well rehearsed," Sarah told ITV's Lorraine.
Prior to Coronation Street, Sarah acted in two films – St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold and the 2012 movie Run For Your Wife.
Sarah appeared in four episodes as feisty Joni Preston
For now though, Sarah is focused on her music career. Her new single Threads is scheduled for release on 7 August, and on Monday she shared the official video for her solo single on her Twitter page.
It will come as a welcome distraction for the star – Sarah also revealed this week that she has split from her boyfriend of six months. "Ps. I’m single again," she tweeted to fans on Tuesday, just a couple of days after she opened up about the relationship in Fabulous magazine.
"…He's definitely more stable, much more career-focused – the pair of us are, which means we don't see much of each other at the moment, which is quite said," she said of IT entrepreneur Jason. "But we're both really hard-working people and we just want the best for our futures."