Eastenders favourite to leave

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Johnny Carter is leaving Walford in EastEnders.

Actor Ted Reilly - who has played Johnny Carter in the BBC soap since 2016 - will bow out of the show in the new year.

The Sun Online revealed that the decision to write the character out has been taken and he will depart in the coming weeks with actor Ted having already filmed his final scenes.

A BBC spokeswoman confirmed: "We can confirm Ted has finished filming with EastEnders and wish him all the best for the future.”

Ted took over the role of Johnny in 2016 when writers decided to bring the character back after a 14 month absence.

Since returning he had a one night stand with Ben Mitchell, was shot by neighbour Ted before the ambulance taking him to hospital crashed leaving him fighting for his life.

There was speculation over Ted's future on the show when he signed up to appear in a play in January.

However now his exit has been confirmed.

Actor Sam Strike originally played the high profile role before quitting in 2014 to move to Hollywood.

Ted joins actor Harry Reid in leaving the show in the new year, but it is not known if Johnny and Ben Mitchell's exits are linked.

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