EastEnders star "in tears" over exit

Departing EastEnders star John Partridge has said it was "overwhelming" to leave the BBC soap after almost five years.

In an interview with TV Times, Partridge, who plays Christian Clarke, was asked if making the decision to leave was difficult.

He replied: "Leaving was incredibly emotional, and the last day was very difficult. You have the whole anticipation of it coming and, when it finally happens, it's overwhelming.

"I was in tears; our executive producer, Lorraine Newman, was in tears; the people in props were in tears. Afterwards, I felt exhausted."

Asked whether he made his decision aware that Marc Elliott, who plays Christian's partner Syed Masood, was also leaving, Partridge replied: "Christian and Syed are a unit. I know some characters can survive having their other half leave but, for me personally, I didn't see a future for Christian without Syed.

"It was very much a joint decision and it wasn't an easy one for me to make but, at the same time, you have to serve the story and there has to be a professional happiness tied into that. In reality, I think I would've been slightly redundant without Marc."

"I have had the most amazing time, and it's one of those jobs that I will hold dear," Partridge concluded. "My memories will be kept in my heart - and I mean that most sincerely."

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Anonymous said…
Too bad. Maybe he'll pop up on Corrie!!
Anonymous said…
Roxy could have turned him! What a couple that would be!

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