Jennifer Metcalfe has announced she is leaving Hollyoaks after eight years of playing maneater Mercedes McQueen. 

The 30-year-old actress broke the news that she is leaving the show on Twitter. She wrote: "Mercedes is leaving the village, she needs to give her high heels a rest - my feet are knackered."

"Read all your lovely messages ... Lookin' forward to welcoming the new mcqeens (their ace) lots of love and keep watching (sic)."

News Metcalfe's exit comes after it was recently revealed that two of her on-screen McQueen family members are to set to return to the soap later this year.

Myra McQueen (Nicole Barber-Lane) will return on a full-time basis after being forced to fake her own death following a feud with the villainous Dr. Browning, while Theresa (Jorgie Porter) is also set to return to Chester later this year when her character is released from prison. Theresa was jailed after being pinned for Calvin Valentine’s murder.