Carley Stenson leaves Hollyoaks
Actress Carley Stenson has quit 'Hollyoaks' after 10 years in the hope of landing a role in a musical
Carley Stenson has quit 'Hollyoaks'.
The 27-year-old star - who has played wannabe singer-and-actress Steph Cunningham in the show since 2000 - admits her decision to leave the Channel 4 soap was "sad" and "difficult", but she wants to focus on musical theatre roles instead.
She said: "Leaving 'Hollyoaks' is one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made. It has been my dream job for ten years and I shall miss all of the fantastic friends I have made in the cast and crew.
"I am very sad to leave but I'm ready for new challenges and I'm looking forward to pursuing a career in musical theatre."
It is not known exactly how Carley will leave the village, although her alter-ego has just been told she has cervical cancer.
Producer Paul Marquess said: "We are very proud of the cervical cancer storyline and 'Hollyoaks' ability to bring a sweet and humorous tone to such a tragic story.
"Viewers can look forward to the return of 'Stephanie De La Dean' as Steph revisits her desire for fame and stardom in a bid to cope with her illness. We also hope that the message of early detection for cervical cancer reaches our young audience.
"We are obviously very sad to see Steph go - she has been a much-loved character on the show for a decade, but we wish Carley all the best for a very bright and successful career."
Carley's departure announcement comes shortly after her ex-boyfriend Ricky Whittle - who played Calvin Harris in the show - left earlier this year.