The BBC confirmed last night he will be leaving Albert Square in the coming months. It comes after it was revealed Samantha Womack and Rita Simons, who play Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell, will exit next year. A source added: “This was a tough decision but sometimes to create big storylines characters need to come and go.”
All three departures have been engineered by executive producer Sean O’Connor, who replaced Dominic Treadwell-Collins this year. A source said: “Sean’s arrival has brought massive change to EastEnders, not least in the decision to exit Ronnie and Roxy. Others are now looking around and wondering who could be next to walk.”
Danny-Boy, who said getting the role was “like winning the lottery”, quickly impressed with his portrayal of ex-squaddie Lee. And he won widespread praise for a storyline that saw depression push Lee to the brink of suicide.