Chucky Venn quits EastEnders

Chucky Venn is to leave 'EastEnders' after bosses of the BBC One soap wrote his character Ray Dixon out of the show

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Chucky Venn

Chucky Venn

Chucky Venn has quit 'EastEnders'.

The 39-year-old actor - who has played Ray Dixon in the BBC One soap since January 2012 - will depart the programme in scenes which are expected to air in June after being written out of the show.

He said in a statement: "Working on 'EastEnders' has been one of my career highlights and an invaluable experience.

"I couldn't have asked for a better team to work with and have found a life-long friend in my on-screen partner Tameka [Empson]. I want to thank everyone who supported me on the show."

Ray looks set to leave Albert Square to look after his daughter Sasha when her mother becomes unwell, but it looks likely Chucky could check back into Walford at some point with his on-screen son Morgan Butcher - who is portrayed by Devon Higgs - still residing in the East End.

An insider told Inside Soap: "The door will be left open for Ray. Chucky has been a great cast member and a pleasure to work with.

"Ray's always going to be connected to Walford while Morgan is there - and who knows, he may pay his little lad a visit one day in the future."

Before turning up in Albert Square, Chucky starred in several shows, most notably as footballers, Curtis Alexander in Sky One's soccer drama 'Dream Team', and Tremaine Gidigbi in ITV show 'Footballers' Wives'.

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