Another day, another axe for an EastEnders favourite, as it’s revealed that Riley Carter Millington will be bowing out of the soap.
Riley joined last year, and made history when he first hit screens as Kyle Slater, becoming the first trans male actor to play a trans character in a UK soap.
However, his time on EastEnders is already coming to an end – with a spokesperson for the soap confirming that he’s indeed leaving.
“When I landed a six month contract at EastEnders it was a dream come true,” Riley told Metro tonight (September 14).
“For that to be extended to a year was something I never expected. However, as the time comes for Kyle to depart Walford, I am looking forward to taking on new roles and who knows, Kyle may find his way back to Walford one day.”
Kyle’s time in Walford has seen him reconnecting with long-lost half-sister Stacey – and he’s now embroiled in a blackmailing storyline with Steven Beale.
When Riley joined in October Riley expressed hoped that a trans character in Albert Square would “make a difference” for LGBTQ youth.
“It’s a part of me and I want hopefully to make other people feel like they can come out, like they can feel that they’ve got support,” he said at the time.
It’s not yet clear how the character will be written out – although Riley is clearly keen for Kyle to find love before he goes.
“People think gender is the same as sexuality; they’ve been asking if Kyle is going to get with Ben Mitchell – but Kyle’s not gay,” Riley recently said.
“So it would be interesting to see him dating girls. Some will accept him, and some won’t.”
The latest axe comes after EastEnders favourites Masood Ahmed, Samantha Womack, Rita Simons and Ellen Thomas were revealed to be leaving the soap soon.
EastEnders continues weeknights on BBC One.