EastEnders star Danny-Boy Hatchard has thanked fans as his character Lee Carter bowed out from the show last night.
The Carter boy filmed scenes in which he decided to leave his wife for Dover and a fresh start, after months of struggling with depression and mental health issues.
The actor posted a video to Twitter on Friday night, telling fans that the response from fans had been amazing: “These past three years you have been amazing, really, really amazing,”
“I’ve had an incredible time at EastEnders helping create Lee as a character and helping bring awareness to mental health.”
“It’s been a real honour and I couldn’t have done it without your support.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. To be an actor and be able to have a positive impact on someone else’s life is the biggest reward, I think, that any actor could ever ask for, and to have you guys’ support is the cherry on top.
“So thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you dearly and I hope to see you all again in the future.”
Lee’s exit storyline was full of twists and turns, after Lee’s financial struggles and Aunt Babe’s meddling threatened to ruin the Carter family for good.
During last weeks episodes, Lee hit Whitney during an argument, and she moved back into the Queen Vic.
After she forgave him and they went out for a Valentine’s dinner, Lee left his wife in the restaurant, leaving her a note back in the flat telling her that he didn’t love her anymore.
Dad Mick, played by Danny Dyer, told Lee his only option was to leave The Square and have a fresh start.
EastEnders airs weeknights on BBC One.