EastEnders actor David Witts, who plays Joey Branning has said that his exit from the soap will be low-key.

In an interview with Radio Times, he said: "They're leaving the door open for me, which I'm really pleased about.

"To be honest, it's not going to be a massive exit because when you have one of those, it's then very hard for you to come back.

"So it's a nice story that gets me there, but it's not going to be anything that people will be talking about for years to come!"

The actor also confirmed that it was his decision to leave: "18 months in, I just thought that now was the right time for me to go.

"For me, being an actor doesn't mean just playing one part. I want to go through the process again of picking up a script and working out what I want to do with it.

"I'm starting rehearsing Hairspray in February...in Leicester. I'm really excited to be going back on stage. And there are a whole plethora of roles out there to try, be they in theatre, film or TV."