EastEnders: Ted Reilly to leave Johnny Carter role

The actor has already filmed his final scenes on the BBC1 soap

Programme Name: EastEnders - TX: n/a - Episode: EastEnders - Johnny Carter (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  Johnny Carter (TED REILLY) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Nicky Johnston

Ted Reilly is to leave EastEnders after nearly two years as Johnny Carter.


Reilly made his debut on the BBC1 soap in April 2016 and was the second actor to play the role  – Sam Strike having spent a year playing the original Johnny.

Reilly’s most notable storyline saw Johnny take a bullet to the abdomen when he was shot by neighbour Ted Murray, who’d mistaken him for a burglar.

The news that Reilly is leaving follows announcements that both Jacqueline Jossa (Lauren) and Lorna Fitzgerald (Abi) would also be exiting in the months ahead.

However, Tamzin Outhwaite will be making a high-profile comeback as Mel Owen in early January, while Maisie Smith is also set to return as Tiffany Butcher.

EastEnders - October-December 2017 - 5613

EastEnders is not yet revealing how Johnny will exit Albert Square, however a spokesperson said today:

“We can confirm Ted has finished filming with EastEnders and wish him all the best for the future.”

Reilly’s next project will see him feature in a production of monologue Dean McBride by Sonya Hale at London’s Arcola Theatre.

You can watch a 60-second rundown of Christmas and New Year on EastEnders below. Beneath that, there’s our Week in Walford review.


And visit our dedicated EastEnders page for all the latest news, interviews and spoilers.