Six EastEnders stars axed
- Bang Showbiz
- 17 April 2010
Cliff Parisi and Derek Martin - who play Minty Peterson and Charlie Slater - are among six 'EastEnders' stars who have been axed from the show
Six 'EastEnders' stars have been axed.
Long-serving actors Cliff Parisi and Derek Martin - who play mechanic Minty Peterson and show patriarch Charlie Slater respectively - were among the cast members told yesterday (16.04.10) their time on the BBC soap is coming to an end.
The others to leave are Libby Fox, played by Belinda Owusu, her on-screen gran Liz Turner (Kate Williams) and boyfriend Adam Best (David Proud), as well as show newcomer Liam Bergin, who only joined as Danny Mitchell earlier this year.
The decision was made by new executive producer Bryan Kirkwood and has reportedly sent fear through the rest of the cast that they could be next.
A source told The Sun newspaper: "People have been worried that the new guy would be getting rid of people. Now we know that he is."
The characters will depart in the coming months, with reports suggesting at least one will be killed off.
The cull is part of many changes planned by the show's new boss, who hopes to rejuvenate Albert Square.
The source added: "It's sad to see characters go, but when a new executive producer comes in they're always keen to refresh the show.
"Some new people will be joining - and some of those will be youngsters."