The actor who plays Spencer Moon is to leave the soap EastEnders.
Chris Parker, 21, has agreed with bosses that he will make his last appearance as Alfie's little brother in early January 2005.
EastEnders writers are now re-writing scripts to explain Spencer's exit from the Square. Producers have decided not to recast the character of Spencer.
Chris has appeared in the top soap for two years, after joining at the same time as Shane Richie in November 2003.
A spokesperson for EastEnders said: "We'd like to thank Chris for all his hard work over the last two years and wish him the best of luck in the future."