Sam Strike has quit ‘EastEnders’.
The 20-year-old actor, who plays Johnny Carter on the BBC One soap, has confirmed he’s decided to move on from the role after just under a year.
He wrote on his Twitter account: “Thanks for all the love this year guys. Means the world. Decided to bow out. couldn’t have done it without you all . thanks @bbceastenders.”
Sam joined the soap in late 2013 as the son of new Queen Vic owners Mick (Danny Dyer) and Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) and was immediately plunged into the tough storyline of coming out as gay to his parents.
Speaking about the storyline – which resulted in the soap being awarded the Media Recognition prize at the 2014 Attitude Awards – Sam said previously: “I was really nervous the night it aired because you want it to look convincing and to do justice by the people that have been there and done it.
“It was a real proving ground for me because it was the first time I actually had to do any proper drama acting. I’ve had letters and Danny’s had letters saying that we’d helped people to come out and it makes things worth it.”
Although ‘EastEnders’ bosses have remained tight-lipped on how Johnny will exit the London-based soap, they’ve revealed he has already finished filming his final scenes.
A spokesperson told RadioTimes.com: “We can confirm that Sam will be leaving EastEnders. We wish him all the best for the future.”