Jonny Labey leaving EastEnders after just one year as Paul Coker


EastEnders actor Jonny Labey promised dramatic scenes to come as he confirmed he will be leaving the soap after just one year.

Jonny, who plays Paul Coker, will be written out of the soap in a couple of months' time - a move that has been planned for a while - as he focuses on theatre.

Jonny confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, "There's still SO MUCH to happen for Paul so don't lose hope, this is JUST THE START!"

He has bagged the lead role in Verge Of Strife, a new play about poet Rupert Brooke, which will play at the Edinburgh Festival in August.

An EastEnders spokeswoman said: "We can confirm Jonny will be leaving the show later this year. We wish him all the best for the future."

A show insider added: "Jonny is leaving in a couple of months as part of an explosive storyline. Bosses are keeping tight-lipped about what's in store but there's plenty of drama in store for Paul before he leaves."

Jonny Labey and Harry Reid EastEnders
Ben and Paul are set to go public with their relationship next week (Kieron McCarron/BBC)

Jonny joined in June 2015 and immediately struck up a relationship with Ben Mitchell (Harry Reid). The pair will go public with their relationship next week when Ben kisses Paul in a packed Queen Vic.

The news is taken happily by everyone except Ben's dad Phil, but with Paul's departure announced, it doesn't look like a happy ending for the couple.