EastEnders: Riley Carter Millington leaves Kyle Slater role

"As the time comes for Kyle to depart Walford, I am looking forward to taking on new roles," says the actor

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Riley Carter Millington is to leave EastEnders, with show bosses believing that a ‘natural end’ has been reached for his character Kyle Slater.

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The actor – the first transgender male actor to play a transgender character on a UK soap – has been in Walford for a year, but will exit in the coming months.

Speaking to Metro, Millington said: “When I landed a six-month contract at EastEnders it was a dream come true. 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.”

An EastEnders spokesperson commented: “We can confirm Riley is leaving EastEnders and wish him all the best for the future.”

Since making his debut on EastEnders, the actor has topped the Independent on Sunday’s rainbow list and was also nominated for the Inspirational Role Model of the Year accolade at the European Diversity Awards.

The soap is remaining tight-lipped about the manner of Kyle’s departure, although Millington’s words hint at the door being left open for a possible return.

Other upcoming EastEnders departures include Ellen Thomas, Samantha Womack, Rita Simons, Karl Howman, Roger Sloman, Lin Blakley, Nitin Ganatra and Danny-Boy Hatchard.

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below.

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