Coronation Street’s Marc Anwar sorry for ‘racist tweets’
Coronation Street actor Marc Anwar has apologised for allegedly posting tweets about Indians which ITV said were racially offensive.
He was sacked after screenshots were published of the tweets, appearing to hit out at Indians over Kashmir.
ITV said the Pakistan-born actor, 45, who joined the soap as Sharif Nazir in February 2014, would be leaving the show “with immediate effect”.
“I’d like to offer my sincere apologies for my tweets on Friday,” Anwar said.
His original tweets included offensive language used to refer to Indian people.
The screenshots, posted first by the Sunday Mirror, also call for Pakistani actors to stop working in the country.
The comments come after the Indian army said it killed a militant in a gunfightin the disputed region of Kashmir, which is claimed by both India and Pakistan.
Anwar said he was sorry “especially to people from India” in a YouTube videoposted on Sunday.
“The language was unacceptable and I feel I’ve let a lot of people down,” he said.
He added: “I hope everyone I offended can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”
Mr Anwar’s character had been a member of the first Muslim family on the street.
In a statement, ITV said: “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.”
ITV confirmed that pre-filmed episodes with the actor - who has also appeared in Hollywood films such as Captain Phillips and The 51st State - will still air, but his presence in the show will be minimised until his character can be written out.