Steve John Shepherd quits EastEnders

Steve John Shepherd is quitting 'EastEnders' after three years playing Michael Moon

Steve John Shepherd

Steve John Shepherd

Steve John Shepherd is quitting 'EastEnders'.

The 39-year-old actor is departing his role as sinister Michael Moon after three years in what is described as a "nail-biting plot twist".

The actor said: "I feel now is the time to move on. I have relished every minute of exploring his character - the good and the bad.

"I feel extremely privileged to have had this amazing experience and want to thank everybody - most importantly the fans of the show - for taking Michael and his numerous flaws into their hearts."

Michael's departure is expected to coincide with the return of his on-screen wife Janine (Charlie Brooks).

Producer Lorraine Newman said: "The audience will enjoy the dramatic end.

"With the return of Janine this month, expect plenty of fireworks."

Show sources say both the actor and his alter-ego will be missed from Albert Square.

A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "It's the end for Michael. He has been an immensely popular character and everyone will be sad to see him go."

Michael's storylines have seen the villain father a child with his cousin Alfie's wife Kat, cheated Jean Slater out of her lottery winnings, and have a turbulent relationship with Janine, the mother of his baby daughter Scarlett.


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