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'EastEnders': Scott Maslen leaving Jack Branning role

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EastEnders star Scott Maslen has announced that he is bowing out from his role as Jack Branning.

The actor, who has been playing Jack since 2007, will depart screens at the end of his contract later this year.

Scott Maslen as Jack Branning in EastEnders.

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Scott Maslen



Maslen said today (February 24): "I've loved playing Jack, and who wouldn't want to work on one of the most successful British TV series, but I've been offered many other roles and just not been able to explore them in the past, simply because of time and commitments to EastEnders, and so now it feels like the time to tread a new path for a while.

"I've played Jack for five and a half years and had some fantastic storylines, but it's now time to have a break from him and try something different.

"I'm incredibly attached to Jack, his family and EastEnders, but as an actor I'd like to take on some new challenges for a bit. EastEnders is just incredible, it's phenomenally rewarding and I love working here, but now it's time to move on to pastures new."

Scott Maslen, Letitia Dean and Steve McFadden

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Scott Maslen with EastEnders co-stars Letitia Dean and Steve McFadden



EastEnders' executive producer Lorraine Newman added: "Since October 2007, Scott Maslen has brought the wonderful Jack Branning to life on our screens. From Scott's heart-wrenching portrayal of a grieving father, to Jack's determination in the coming week to take on Phil Mitchell, the variety in Scott's material shows his fabulous range as an actor.

"Scott will remain on your screens until late in the year, and there is plenty more drama to be played out before his departure."

An eventful week for Jack begins tomorrow (February 25) when he knocks love rival Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) unconscious at The Arches, leaving him facing possible legal repercussions when the attack is revealed.

EastEnders, Jack punches Phil, Mon 25 Feb

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Jack is currently in a relationship with Sharon Rickman (Letitia Dean), but her connection to Phil has often caused problems and the love triangle will continue in the coming weeks.

Off screen, Maslen has won the 'Sexiest Male' prize at the British Soap Awards for the past four years. He was also named 'Best Actor' at the ceremony in 2010.

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