Following the announcement of five cast departures earlier this week, the BBC has confirmed that two more actors will be leaving EastEnders, Cornell S John (Sam James) and Clare Perkins (Ava Hartman).

Digital Spy, which broke the news, says the actors will leave the show at the end of their current transplant plot, while Mirror Online says it understands that this exit storyline was always planned for the two characters .

Their screen son Dexter (Khali Best) is staying with the soap.

"We can confirm that these actors will be leaving EastEnders. We wish them all the best for the future," a BBC spokesperson said.

Also leaving the soap are: Jasmyn Banks (Alice Branning), Kierston Wareing (Kirsty Branning), Phaldut Sharma (AJ Ahmed), Daniel Coonan (Carl White) and Rachel Bright (Poppy Meadow).