EastEnders has denied reports that a number of cast members are being asked to take "extended breaks" from the soap due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to reports, some members of the cast are to be asked to take a break from the show to facilitate social distancing measures. There has also been claims that the actors would not be paid for the time off.

However, an EastEnders spokesperson has categorically denied such claims to DigitalSpy.

"It is not unusual in soaps for cast to have breaks for storyline reasons or other projects, however these are always planned months in advance and no discussions have taken place about operating a period of extended breaks, nor are we introducing a rotation system," the spokesperson said.

Two seasoned cast members are to leave the soap, however. Jake Wood  - who plays Max Branning - is to depart Walford, after an incendiary storyline, and Adam Woodyatt, who plays Ian Beale, is taking a break.

EastEnders returned to screens on September 7 following suspension of filming due to the lockdown in March.

Max Branning is played by Jake Wood