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Charlie Clements quits 'EastEnders'

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Charlie Clements quits 'EastEnders'
EastEnders favourite Charlie Clements has quit the BBC soap after nearly four years, it has been revealed.

The 22-year-old, who has played Bradley Branning since January 2006, is to leave in a "sensational storyline" that will play out as part of the Walford serial's 25th anniversary celebrations in February.

Clements said of his decision to exit: "I have been at EastEnders for nearly four years now and I have enjoyed every minute of it but as an actor, I feel that now is the time to move on. I will always be grateful to EastEnders - I have had the privilege of working with some wonderful people whilst being given some fantastic storylines."

EastEnders' executive producer Diederick Santer added: "I know viewers will miss Bradley hugely, just as all of us who have worked with him will miss him too. I can promise a big exit for the character. I know he'll go on to great things, and all of us at EastEnders wish him the very best."

Details of his exit storyline are being kept under wraps, but rumours suggest that his character will rekindle his romance with ex-wife Stacey Slater (Lacey Turner).

A source at the soap told The Mirror: "Bradley's emigration only lasts for six weeks before he gets called back to Albert Square early next month because of a family crisis.

"It isn't long before he realises he still has feelings for Stacey and doesn't know what to do."

Bradley first appeared in Albert Square on January 24, 2006 when he moved in with his grandfather Jim (John Bardon) and his wife Dot (June Brown). His arrival served as the catalyst for his father Max (Jake Wood) and step-mum Tanya's (Jo Joyner) entrance into the show.

In October, it was announced that Walford matriarch Barbara Windsor is to step down from her role as Queen Vic landlady Peggy Mitchell after 15 years. 

At the beginning of the month, it was confirmed that former Hollyoaks producer Bryan Kirkwood will replace the outgoing Santer following the soap's live silver anniversary episode.  Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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