After five years on Albert Square, EastEnders star Zack Morris has announced his departure from the popular soap.
The actor, who plays Keegan Baker on the show, is said to have already finished filming his final scenes.
The news was shared on Wednesday by EastEnders’ official social media, with the BBC drama revealing that Keegan will leave Walford later this year.
‘After five wonderful years on this incredible show, I’ve decided to leave Walford and give Keegan Butcher-Baker some well-deserved rest.’
‘Quite frankly, this show has changed my life for the better,’ Zack said.
All is not lost, however, as the actor does not appear to have ruled out a return for his character, referring to his departure as a rest.’
Zack debuted on the show in 2017 as part of a new family to the fictional borough, quickly becoming a fan favorite thanks to his gritty storylines.
His departure comes just months after Maisie Smith, his co-star, and on-screen wife, announced her departure from EastEnders after 13 years on the show.
Real-life dating rumors about the couple were recently debunked, with Zack’s ex-girlfriend reportedly referring to Maisie as “the other woman.”
Following her stint on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, Maisie, who played Tiffany Butcher on the show, reportedly left after receiving a number of big-money offers for other projects.
‘Zack has been an incredible asset to EastEnders; not just as a brilliant actor, but as an amazing company member,’ said Kate Oates, Head of Continuing Drama, BBC Studios, of Zack’s departure.
‘Keegan from our screens and Zack from our Elstree family will be missed.’
‘He’s a fantastic talent, and we wish him the best of luck in the future.’
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