The star was involved in an important plotline
Coronation Street has ended up in turmoil as it faces a rush to change a big storyline after one of the stars involved was SACKED.
Marc Anwar, who plays Sharif Nazir, was dismissed from the soap with immediate effect on Saturday following a string of offensive messages that appeared on his Twitter account.
The Pakistan-born actor allegedly posted Tweets from his protected account in which he made racist remarks about Indians and blasted Pakistani actors for working in India after conflict between the countries.
‘Why the F***k do #pakistaniartists want work in #f*** face #india, do you love money so much,’ Marc, 45, reportedly wrote.
He is also said to have posted: ‘Ban #india movies in #PakistanisLeaveIndia. B*****ds p**s drinking #c**ts’
Coronation Street has since confirmed that they’ve sacked Marc after his two years in the role of Sharif.
‘We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar,’ a statement from an ITV spokesperson says.
‘We have talked to Marc and, as a consequence of his comments, he will not be returning to Coronation Street with immediate effect.’
The news means that Corrie now face the difficult task of changing Marc’s storyline which involved Sharif being exposed as a cheat after having a seven-year-long affair.
Due to the central nature of the plotline, the actor’s scenes can’t be removed but it’s thought that bosses are keen to minimise the amount of time he appears on screen for the rest of the storyline.
Focus will switch to Alya, Yasmeen and Zeedan, according to Metro.co.uk, so the plot can be completed with minimal involvement of Sharif. Marc won’t film any new scenes for the soap.
There’s been no public comment from Marc since the scandal.
Before appearing in Corrie he starred in films including Captain Phillips and The 51st State, as well as TV shows such as Emmerdale, Holby City and Doctors.