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EastEnders' Clements leaves soap

EastEnders' Charlie Clements
Clements said he would "always be grateful" to the BBC soap

Charlie Clements - Bradley Branning in EastEnders - is to leave the soap next year, the BBC has confirmed.

The 22-year-old, who made his first appearance on Albert Square in 2006, said it was "time to move on and take on some new roles".

Best known for his short-lived marriage to Stacey Slater, property salesman Bradley has been promised "a big exit" by executive producer Diederick Santer.

"Charlie has given us four years of fantastic performances," he said.

"I know viewers will miss him hugely, just as all of us who have worked with him will miss him too."

'Fantastic storylines'

Clements, who appeared in The Bill prior to his EastEnders debut, said he would "always be grateful" to the BBC soap.

"I have had the privilege of working with some wonderful people whilst being given some fantastic storylines," he continued.

According to the Mirror, Branning will be briefly reunited with Stacey before his departure in February.

Veteran actress Barbara Windsor - Peggy Mitchell in the long-running soap - will also be leaving EastEnders in 2010.

Mr Santer is also set to step down next year as the show celebrates its 25th anniversary.

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