Hollyoaks star Rachel Shenton has announced that she is leaving Chester.

Shenton, who played the part of Mitzeee Minniver for more than two years, will air her final scenes early next year.

It is suggested that Carl Costello (Paul Opacic) will return to the hit TV soap as part of her exit storyline.

Rachel recently recorded scenes with Sky News and This Morning presenter Eamonn Holmes, which will air on Thursday, February 14 at 6.30pm on Channel 4.

A Hollyoaks statement hinted: "Mitzeee and Eamonn's collaboration is a must-see and marks Rachel Shenton's departure from the show. However, it remains to be seen whether Mitzeee will get a happy ending away from Hollyoaks, or if her involvement with Carl has put her life in danger."

Meanwhile, the 25-year-old actress said: "Mitzeee's final week is not to be missed, especially when she finds herself chatting to the fabulous Mr Holmes.

"I've had an amazing two years playing Mitzeee (with three e's). She's been on an incredible journey that's not over yet. It's been an absolute privilege to work with the cast and crew that make Hollyoaks such a special place.

"This has been one of the hardest decisions I've made, but I feel it's time for Mitzeee and myself to move onto pastures new."