John Bardon has reportedly filmed his final Albert Square based Eastenders scenes.
The Mirror reports that the 71 year old actor recently shot scenes as part of a storyline which will see his wife Dot deciding to put him into a nursing home on a full time basis.
John suffered a stroke in 2007 and has returned to the BBC soap as Jim Branning on a part time basis ever since, after his condition was written into the storylines. However viewers will see Dot become increasingly tired by the responsibilities of caring for Jim and later this week she will fall down the stairs and break her arm, while trying to settle him before going to work.
“Dot’s been struggling for a while and realises that she can no longer give Jim the care and attention he deserves and is forced to make the heartbreaking decision that he should move into a home,” a source said. “She fell down the stairs and her friendship with Edward is also growing which makes the situation with Jim difficult.
“It was very emotional on the set for the scenes where Dot discusses her decision and talks to Jim about him going into care for good. There were a lot of tears.”
The insider added: “The feeling is that this is the end of Jim as a character because he won’t leave the home and won’t ever be a regular in Albert Square again.”
However, other insiders insist that Jim may appear in his care home, as long as John’s health allows him to return to work.
An EastEnders spokesperson said: “We would love to continue working with John in the future and we hope to see Jim on our screens again.”