Lee Carter is following Roxy and Ronnie out of EastEnders, it has been revealed today.
Danny-Boy Hatchard will bow out of his role as Lee Carter just days after Rita Simons and Samantha Womack announced their exit.
The Sun first reported that the actor was set to be the third name to leave the BBC soap following the arrival of new executive producer Sean O’Connor this year.
“We can confirm that Danny-Boy Hatchard will be leaving EastEnders. Danny-Boy has been a great addition to the cast and we wish him all the best for the future,” the BBC today said in a statement.
An insider revealed more details on the axe: “This was a tough decision for bosses but sometimes to create big storylines, characters need to come and go,”
“Danny-Boy is an extremely dedicated and versatile actor as well as a hugely popular member of the cast, but with the story they want to play it takes Lee Carter to the end of his time in Walford.
“Although as he is part of the Carter family, no one should rule out a return. Danny-Boy has openly said he only ever had a three year plan so although this has come a little sooner, no one doubts he is bound to land another big role soon.”
Roxy and Ronnie will leave Albert Square at the same time whilst it is unknown how Danny-Boy will leave.
EastEnders airs weeknights on BBC One.