Actor Sam Strike is to leave EastEnders after a year playing Johnny Carter, RadioTimes.com can exclusively reveal.
Strike, 20, joined the BBC1 soap in late 2013 when he was signed to play the screen son of Queen Vic owners Mick (Danny Dyer) and Linda Carter (Kellie Bright).
EastEnders bosses are remaining tight-lipped on how the character of Johnny will exit Walford, but Strike has already finished filming at the show’s set in Elstree.
A spokesperson for the show told RadioTimes.com today: “We can confirm that Sam will be leaving EastEnders. We wish him all the best for the future.”
Strike received critical and popular acclaim earlier in the year when Johnny told dad Mick that he was gay. Speaking about the coming out storyline, the actor said: “I was really nervous the night it aired because you want it to look convincing and to do justice by the people that have been there and done it.
“It was a real proving ground for me because it was the first time I actually had to do any proper drama acting. I’ve had letters and Danny’s had letters saying that we’d helped people to come out and it makes things worth it.”
The moving moment resulted in EastEnders winning the Media Recognition award at October’s Attitude Awards. Former EastEnders star Michelle Collins presented the prize to Strike and Dyer and described the plot as, “one of the most perfectly conceived gay storylines ever portrayed on British television.”