Jason Done to leave Waterloo Road

Jason Done will leave 'Waterloo Road' after playing schoolteacher Tom Clarkson during the forthcoming ninth series after seven years in the role

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Jason Done is leaving 'Waterloo Road'.

The actor - who has played teacher Tom Clarkson since the show started in 2006 - will bow out of the BBC One drama in the forthcoming ninth series , it has been confirmed.

The show's executive producer Cameron Roach told Digital Spy; "We will be sorry to see Tom Clarkson leave 'Waterloo Road', but we promise a finale that can't be missed, in order that we send this much-loved character off in style.

"We wish Jason all the best for the future and thank him wholeheartedly for the energy and commitment he has given the role. He has been a big part of the 'Waterloo Road' story."

Additionally, the school drama will lose two more characters in the form of headteacher Michael Byrne, played by Alec Newman, and school benefactor Lorraine Donnegan, played by Daniela Denby-Ashe.

Brian Park of Shed Productions, which produces the show, said: "Jason, Alec and Daniela all feature significantly in the next series and their departures will have all Waterloo Roaders on the edge of their seats."

It was previously revealed that Philip Martin Brown, who has played English teacher Grantly Budgen since the first series, will also be leaving the show in the new series.

Brian said: "Philip has some very exciting storylines in the pipeline and will leave the show with a blockbusting climax that will serve one of the series' best loved characters well."

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