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Jackson: 'Hollyoaks exit feels right'

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Dominique Jackson as Lauren Valentine

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Hollyoaks star Dominique Jackson has said that her departure from the soap is coming at the "right time".

The actress's character Lauren Valentine is one of several who are being written out of the teen drama as part of new producer Paul Marquess's ongoing revamp.

Speaking to PA about her exit, Jackson commented: "Whenever I left the show it was going to be an upsetting time because I'd been there since I was 15.

"But, at the end of the day, times have to change and I'm only 18 and wasn't going to work at Hollyoaks forever. There are people I'm going to miss but it's the right time to do something else now."

Discussing her future plans, she added: "I'm only 18 so I kind of want to come back home, spend time with family and friends, and pick up where I left off with studying acting and dancing and singing."

Marquess is planning to fill the gaps left behind by the forthcoming departures by introducing a number of new families. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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