It’s been revealed today that former Footballers’ Wives star Chucky Venn has quit EastEnders where he plays the role of Ray Dixon.
And of course, he’s not on his own as several of the show’s stars have left, or are about to leave, including Jo Joyner who plays Tanya Branning, and Scott Maslen who plays Jack Branning. Steve John Shepherd, who plays Michael Moon, is also leaving the show this year.
But of Chucky’s decision to leave, the show’s official website announced the news. Here’s what the statement had to say…
Let’s hope these April showers hide the tears rolling down our faces, because Ray Dixon, aka Chucky Venn, is set to leave The Square this June. We’ve watched Raymondo’s ups and downs from the comfort of our sofa since his entrance to Walford in January 2012. In that time he’s built up a great father/son relationship with Morgan Butcher, the son he didn’t know he had with Bianca.
He’s a brave man, because if there’s anyone you don’t want to mess with, it’s the Fox sisters. Yet he’s caused trouble and strife between them, cheating on the curvalicious Kim after a scandalous snog with Denise.
But Ray’s since redeemed himself, showing that he’s a good guy underneath afer helping out his ‘baby momma’, Bianca, during the gang trouble she’s been having with Liam.
Alas, Ray’s help is in demand when the mother of his other child, Sasha, becomes ill. Being the good man he is, Ray follows the call of duty and leaves Walford behind to look after Sasha.
Of his decision to leave, Chucky said, “Working on EastEnders has been one of my career highlights and an invaluable experience.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with and have found a life-long friend in my on-screen partner Tameka [Empson who plays Kim].
“I want to thank everyone who supported me on the show.”
Will you miss Chucky? For now, here’s a look at the next episode of EastEnders…