Happy Valley without Sarah Lancashire is unthinkable — but the actress may not return for a third series.

A report in the Sun claims the BAFTA-winner has said it's the 'end of the story' for the hit BBC drama, and she wouldn't want to see a third series.

It quotes Lancashire, who has won critical acclaim for her role as tough cop Sgt Catherine Cawood, as saying: "We set out to tell a story and we've told it."

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Happy Valley wins Best Drama at the 2015 BAFTA TV Awards
Happy Valley wins Best Drama at the 2015 BAFTA TV Awards

Last week show creator Sally Wainwright told BBC Breakfast she was keen to write another series, but wanted enough time to develop new storylines.

She warned there 'might be a wait' for series three.

Fans of the show have reacted to the news with dismay, saying 'no Sarah means no Happy Valley'.

Without Sgt Cawood's character, plots involving Tommy Lee Royce (James Norton) and Cawood's grandson Ryan (Rhys Connah) could be left unresolved.

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