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Stuart Manning quits 'Hollyoaks'

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Stuart Manning quits 'Hollyoaks'
Hollyoaks actor Stuart Manning has decided to quit the soap after five years, DS can confirm.

The 29-year-old, who has played school teacher Russ Owen since August 2004, will bow out of the Channel 4 teen soap in an emotional storyline which sees him attempt to kidnap his baby son Max.

Following Max's mother Tina McQueen's (Leah Hackett) death at the end of last year in the church blast, guardianship was passed to her sister Jacqui (Claire Cooper).

However, Max's biological father Russ finds himself becoming increasingly sidelined in his son's life over the coming weeks and is constantly denied access.

Wanting to play a prominent role in Max's life, Russ is pushed to the edge and resorts to snatching him from Jacqui's care.

Speaking of his decision to leave, Manning said: "I've had a great time at Hollyoaks over the last five years and I've learnt so much. Russ has been a fantastic character and he's had some great storylines which have been great fun to play - but there's also been lots of hard work!"

He added: "I'll obviously be sad to leave as I've worked with some great people but I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into new projects."

Series producer Lucy Allan commented: "Stuart has been a valued member of cast over the last five years. Russ has gone through some pretty rough times and this story sees the straw that breaks the camel's back.

"We feel that this is the just and fitting end to a character that has shown great diversity and been pushed so far. We'd all like to wish Stuart all the best in the future."

Last month, it was announced that Chris Fountain (Justin Burton) and Jamie Lomas (Warren Fox) are to leave the soap in May. Emma Rigby, meanwhile, is also due to leave towards the end of the year. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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