Jamie Lomas has been axed from EastEnders, SoapSquawk can confirm.
The former Hollyoaks actor will leave his role as Walford alcoholic Jake Stone when his current contract ends in July.
Jamie had hoped that he would be handed a new deal after admitting he would love to stay on the soap.
But the soap’s top boss, Dominic Treadwell-Collins, decided not to renew his deal and fans will see Jake leave Walford in the coming months.
His exit is sure to spark speculation that he is a suspect in the murder of Walford’s Lucy Beale.
She is going to be killed off this spring in a major whodunit and by the time of her death bosses reckon fans will think that several key characters could be a suspect.
Over the next few weeks viewers will discover more about the stroppy resident and realise plenty of people have a motive for wanting her dead.