Eastenders star Chucky Venn who plays Ray Dixon is leaving the soap, it has been announced.

The actor has been starring as Dixon on the BBC show since early 2012.

The character, who is the real dad of Morgan Butcher and ex-boyfriend of Kim Fox (Tameka Empson), will bow out of Albert Square in June.

Venn told Digital Spy of the news: "Working on EastEnders has been one of my career highlights and an invaluable experience.

"I couldn't have asked for a better team to work with and have found a life-long friend in my on-screen partner Tameka. I want to thank everyone who supported me on the show."

Ray's exit storyline will reportedly see him move away from Walford in order to be closer to his daughter Sasha when her mother becomes unwell.

An Eastenders source revealed to Inside Soap magazine: "The door will be left open for Ray. Chucky has been a great cast member and a pleasure to work with.

"Ray's always going to be connected to Walford while Morgan is there - and who knows, he may pay his little lad a visit one day in the future."