Charlie G Hawkins quits EastEnders

Charlie G. Hawkins has announced he is quitting his 'EastEnders' role as Darren Miller after nearly eight years on the soap

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Charlie G Hawkins

Charlie G. Hawkins

Charlie G. Hawkins has quit 'EastEnders'.

The 20-year-old actor - who plays wheeler-dealer car salesman Darren Miller - has decided to depart the BBC1 soap after over seven years so he can "chill out" and relax into normal life.

He told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "I was to chill out and enjoy being a normal 20 year old.

"It is a very weird feeling to know I won't be on the show in a few months.

"To be honest, I can barely remember life before 'EastEnders'. It will be great having no structure to my life and not having to learn lines. I'm really looking forward to that.

"I've got some savings so I might end up just bumming around for a while. All I spend my money on is an Arsenal season ticket so I could last quite a long time."

While details of Darren's exit storyline have not been disclosed, Charlie has asked for the door to be left open for his character to return in the future.

Charlie's decision to quit the programme comes just weeks after he spoke of his desire to become the show's longest serving actor and eclipse Adam Woodyatt, who has played Maserati-driving businessman Ian Beale since the show began in February 1985.

Charlie said: "I've been on 'EastEnders' for eight years already and I'm only 20.

"You could say I have got my eyes on the Maserati."

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