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  Phil Mitchell quits EastEnders
Updated 08 February 2003, 11.02
Steve McFadden plans to come back to the soap in 2004
Hardman Phil Mitchell is leaving EastEnders.

Actor Steve McFadden, who plays Phil, is quitting the soap for a year to "try other projects".

But he's not taking any chances. EastEnders bosses are not killing off his character and it looks like he'll return to the show in 2004.

'Take a break'

And how Phil leaves the soap this autumn is being kept secret, so as not to spoil it for the fans.

The 'Lisa shot Phil' storyline attracted 20 million viewers
Steve told The Sun: "After 12 years in Walford it is time for Phil Mitchell to take a break.

"I'm going to stick my mechanic's overalls in a locker while I take a look at other projects."

Told off

Phil Mitchell's character has been in EastEnders since 1990, when he arrived in Albert Square with his on-screen brother, Grant.

In real life, Steve, 43, is going out with Lucy Benjamin, who played his ex-girlfriend Lisa in the soap.

EastEnders was told off by TV watchdogs recently for a scene where Phil Mitchell beat up his nephew Jamie. Lots of viewers thought it was too realistic and disturbing.

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