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EastEnders star Gary Lucy leaves soap, final scenes to air next month

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EastEnders star Gary Lucy is leaving the BBC One soap.

The actor - who has starred as Danny Pennant since September 2012 - has already filmed his final scenes for the programme.

Gary Lucy as Danny Pennant in EastEnders

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Gary Lucy as Danny Pennant


According to the Daily Star, Lucy's exit will be aired next month after his contract with the soap wasn't renewed.

An EastEnders spokesperson commented: "We can confirm that Gary is leaving EastEnders later this year and we wish him all the best for the future."

Following the news, Lucy has taken to Twitter to thank fans for their support and even hinted that his character could return to Walford one day.

He tweeted: "thank you for your messages loved my time @Ee interesting character with lots of scope see u later rather than good bye ;-) ps more 2 come x"

Lucy and Danny decide to work as a team.

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Gary Lucy as Danny Pennant in EastEnders


Earlier this month, Lucy urged critics to "get with the times" after EastEnders received complaints about his character's on-screen kiss with newcomer Johnny Carter (Sam Strike).

He added: "Reaction was, on the most part, positive. There were a few on Twitter still living in the dark ages but on the whole, people were okay.

"I got one message on the internet from a guy saying, 'Thanks for that storyline because it gave me the courage to come out and tell my parents'. If you can do that, you as an actor and the show has done its job."

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