Belfast Telegraph

Declan Bennett leaving EastEnders

Declan Bennett is set to leave his role as Charlie Cotton in EastEnders.

The 34-year-old actor has been playing Charlie Cotton, Dot Branning's grandson, since early last year. However his time on the soap has come to an end and he gave a public farewell on Twitter last night, thanking fans for their support.

"Sayonara Eastenders. It's been a right ride. Much love to all of u for the well wishes. See you on the flip side ;) (sic)" he wrote.

A representative of the popular programme discussed the news to various publications via a short statement.

"We can confirm that Declan Bennett will be leaving EastEnders. We wish him all the best for the future," they said.

The star is currently thought to be working on his final scenes and has been spotted filming at a train station. Joining Charlie on location was his sister-in-law Roxy Mitchell, played by Rita Simons, and Charlie's little son Matthew, giving the impression that the clan may be making an escape from Walford.

Declan's alter ego hasn't been without drama during his stint on EastEnders; despite being married to Ronnie (Samantha Womack) and having Matthew with her, he had an affair with Roxy.

And shortly after Charlie first arrived on Albert Square it was discovered he had been impersonating a policeman to fake the death of his dad 'Nasty' Nick, who eventually died from drugs after his mum Dot left him without calling an ambulance.

Earlier this year Declan gushed about his onscreen grandma and dad, June Brown and John Altman, and how much he enjoys working with them.

"When I first got the job and they were telling me I was coming in as Nick's son and Dot's grandson, that was the big pull for me to work with two people who played such big, iconic characters on the show," he told Digital Spy. "The two of them have been amazing."

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