Hollyoaks star Joseph Thompson has exited the soap, it was been revealed.

The actor, who plays Doctor Browning, has already filmed his final scenes for the Channel 4 show which will be aired this autumn, Digital Spy has confirmed.

Show bosses have not been forthcoming about Browning's exit storyline, however fans will hope the twisted character will get his comeuppance for his crimes.

Thompson is leaving the soap to pursue other acting opportunities, it has been reported.

The actor joined Hollyoaks in January 2012 for a brief storyline with Lynsey Nolan (Karen Hassan) and Mercedes McQueen (Jennifer Metcalfe) at the hospital.

His role developed last summer when his feelings for Mercedes led him to killing Lynsey.