EastEnders have confirmed a dramatic exit lies ahead for Steven Beale as actor Aaron Sidwell is to leave to pursue other projects away from the soap. The news comes after members of the young cast enjoyed a leaving party for the star at the weekend. Steven’s ongoing storyline has seen him lie about a brain tumour to try and keep a hold of his relationship with Lauren Branning.

Could Max’s addition to this deceit that he has three months to live prove spookily accurate? One thing’s for sure, the dramatic plot is about to come to a dramatic head as the truth explodes – and Steven certainly won’t be going quietly as a huge September kicks off a series of blockbuster episodes, which sources say will make for “unmissable television”.

A spokesperson for EastEnders said: “Aaron Sidwell is part of one of the big upcoming storylines and we can confirm, following dramatic scenes to be aired later this summer, he will be leaving the show. We wish Aaron all the very best for the future.”