Bronagh Waugh has revealed she is quitting Hollyoaks.
After four years playing feisty Cheryl Brady, the actress is leaving in the same week as Emmett Scanlan, who plays her on-screen brother Brendan.
Details of Cheryl's exit are being kept closely under wraps, but her departure will be tied to Brendan's exit in March in what an insider promised would be "an explosive week".
Bronagh, 30, said: "Deciding to leave Hollyoaks was tough - I have had the most incredible four years on the show and the cast and crew really are like my family - but it just feels like the right time for me and for Cheryl.
"I am so proud to have had the opportunity to be a part of some of the most hard-hitting and heart-warming storylines. I would like to thank everyone at Lime Pictures, especially the crew who are some of the most talented and creative individuals that I've ever had the pleasure to work with.
"I am indebted to the support that the Hollyoaks fans have given me and to Cheryl and the Brady family."
The Northern Irish actress joined the Channel 4 soap after first appearing in Hollyoaks Later.
Bronagh filmed Irish drama series The Fall - due out later in 2013 - with the BBC last year and she is now keen to try new roles.
Hollyoaks executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said: "Bronagh has brought an irrepressible, unique and beautiful flavour to Hollyoaks for the last four years and the much-loved character of Cheryl will be hugely missed by everyone here."