Zack Morris, who plays Keegan Butcher-Baker on EastEnders, has been a regular on the BBC soap for five years. Zack, who first appeared on Albert Square in 2017, announced on Wednesday that he will be leaving the show this spring after more than 400 appearances.
Zack wrote on the official EastEnders Instagram account: “I’ve made the difficult decision to leave Walford and give Keegan Butcher-Baker some well-deserved rest after five wonderful years on this incredible show. To be honest, this show has changed my life for the better. It will always have a special place in my heart for me.”
“The cast and crew of this show deserve every award that comes their way,” he continued. Making four episodes a week takes a lot of effort, love, and dedication, and it’s not something to be taken lightly.
“Not only as an actor, but also as a man, this show has given me so much.” These priceless lessons from EastEnders will stay with me for the rest of my life. This entire experience will remain in my mind as the greatest blessing I could have ever received. “I enjoyed every moment of it.”
Many fans had expressed concern that Zack’s character, Keegan, had reached the end of his run. Keegan was left looking dejected about Walford, pining for his lost love, after his wife Tiffany left the show with her brother Liam after the latter duped her into believing Keegan no longer loved her.
Keegan has been spending a lot of time drinking alone in the Vic and feeling sorry for himself in recent episodes. However, the end of Keegan’s contract does not necessarily mean the end of Zack’s career, who has a bright future ahead of him.
The 23-year-old actor had a solid resume prior to joining EastEnders, having appeared in the annual BBC telethon Children in Need as well as the TV series One Night and The Fades. He was nominated for the British Soap Awards’ Best Actor category in 2019.
Zack, now that he’s had a taste of celebrity, appears to have wasted no time in settling into life in the spotlight. He was rumored to have been romantically involved with Tiffany actress Maisie Smith, but Maisie told The Sun that they were friends, not lovers, in an interview.
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