Timothy West is to exit EastEnders, with show bosses promising that Stan Carter’s departure will have an air of King Lear about it.
West joined the BBC1 soap back in January 2014 as part of a storyline that saw retired Billingsgate fishmonger Stan move in with the rest of the Carter family at the Queen Vic pub.
But today, an EastEnders source has stated to RadioTImes.com that Stan wouldn’t remain in Walford for too much longer: “When Timothy West signed up to play Stan we always knew how long we had him for. To have someone of his calibre in EastEnders has been incredible. And there’s still a long way to go yet.”
The confirmation comes following comments made by executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins to the Daily Star Sunday about West’s future on the soap: When you have an actor of Tim’s calibre joining your cast, you treasure every day that you have him – and we knew from the start that Stan’s stay with the rest of the Carter Family would be a finite one.
“But what a stay – and as we draw towards Stan’s exit from the show, the audience should get ready as one of Britain’s finest actors pulls out all the stops and gives his King Lear…”
Last Friday’s episode of EastEnders, which found the Carter family in crisis following Shirley’s shooting of Phil Mitchell, saw the show pull ahead of Coronation Street in the overnight ratings. An audience of 7.13m witnessed the drama unfold, with 6.85m and 6.73m watching the ITV rival. The figure also gave EastEnders its best overall rating since 2 June.