EASTENDERS star Zack Morris has revealed his reasons for quitting the soap after five years.
The actor – who plays Keegan Baker in the BBC soap – has filmed his final scenes which will play out later this month.
He has now revealed his desires to play new roles behind his reason for quitting.
He told Metro: “I am going to try and go for gold, take every opportunity I can get.
“Trying new characters, reading new scripts – just broadening my horizon and testing myself. I am hungry, I am ready. It’s not about the show itself, it’s about me as a person.
“Once I have had a shot at all of that, but who knows, I love the show to pieces, I’d never have a bad word to say about it and it was always good to me. But right now, the new opportunities are my focus.”
Last month, speaking about his decision to leave, Zack said: “After five beautiful years on this incredible show, I have made the tough decision to leave Walford and give Keegan Butcher-Baker some well-earned rest.
“This show has quite frankly changed my life for the better. It will always hold a real loving place in my heart.
“The cast and crew of this show deserve every accolade that comes their way.
“The hard work, love and dedication that goes into making four episodes a week is immense and it’s not to be taken lightly.
“This show has given me so much, not just as an actor but as a man.
“These invaluable lessons I have learned at EastEnders will stay with me for the rest of my life.
“I will forever see this whole experience as the biggest blessing I could have ever asked for. I loved every second.”
Kate Oates, Head of Continuing Drama, BBC Studios added: “Zack has been an incredible asset to EastEnders; not just as a brilliant actor, but as an amazing company member.
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“As a founder member of the Taylor-Bakers, Zack has shone in important narratives such as the knife crime story; he’s broken hearts with his beautiful relationship with Tiffany Butcher; and is soon to take centre stage again as his sister’s killer is unmasked.
“We will miss Keegan from our screens, and Zack from our Elstree family.
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“He’s a great talent, and we wish him well for the future.”
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Zack has filmed his final scenes and will leave the soap this spring. His exit follows on-screen wife Tiffany Butcher who left last year.