End of the lines for soap lovers

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MONDAY EXTRA -

favourites John Par­tridge (pic­tured) and Marc El­liott are leav­ing the show. The pair, who play gay lovers Chris­tian Clarke and Syed Masood, are be­ing writ­ten out af­ter El­liott de­cided to leave the lon­grun­ning UK soap. ‘‘I have had a bril­liant time on EastEn­ders over the last three and a half years and made some amaz­ing friends,’’ he says. ‘‘Dur­ing this time, I have been blessed with some in­cred­i­ble sto­ry­lines and am es­pe­cially pleased that the show has tack­led and raised aware­ness of the sen­si­tive sub­ject mat­ter of be­ing a gay Mus­lim. As an ac­tor you are al­ways look­ing for new chal­lenges and I feel that now is the right time to move on and ex­plore dif­fer­ent projects, per­haps re­turn­ing to my roots in the­atre.’’ Show bosses have re­mained tight-lipped about how the cou­ple will leave the square. Par­tridge, who plays Chris­tian, has also been seen as a mem­ber of the judg­ing panel for the An­drew Lloyd Web­ber show Over The Rain­bow. ‘‘I have had the time of my life at EastEn­ders – but I have al­ways gone with my gut and leav­ing at the same time as Marc felt like the only thing to do. It is the right end to the story and for Chris­tian. But also, ex­cit­ingly, it’s the start of a whole new chap­ter for me.’’

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