Yesterday, the mystery deepened when eagle-eyed fans spotted that he'd been added to the 'Departed' section of the soap's official website without explanation.
Despite those less-than-encouraging signs leaving people to wonder whether Ashley had been quietly written out, that isn't the case. The young actor has simply been taking some time off to sit his GCSE exams, leading to his recent absence.
A Hollyoaks spokesperson told DS this morning that he'll be back on screen around September/October.
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