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Why is Kieron Richardson leaving Hollyoaks and will the Ste Hay actor return?

HOLLYOAKS has confirmed that Kieron Richardson is leaving  Hollyoaks after 13 years on the show.

But what fans want to know is when will the Ste Hay actor be leaving and will he return to the channel 4 soap? Here’s everything you need to know...

Why is Kieron leaving Hollyoaks?

Kieron Richardson is leaving Hollyoaks after 13 years to try his hand at other projects. 

The talented actor has played his character Ste Hay through a series of emotional storylines including his coming out as gay and domestic abuse plot, and is quitting for a breath of fresh air. 

What is Kieron doing next?

The actor has landed a role in the stage version of Kay Mellor’s crime drama Band of Gold, which will tour the UK in late 2019 and 2020. 

He’ll act alongside fellow soap stars Laurie Brett (EastEnders’ Jane Beale), Gaynor Faye (Emmerdale’s Jane Beale) and Shayne Ward (Coronation Street’s Aidan Connor).

The dad of two has also made clear on his personal Instagram that he’s taking part in Sleep Walk for Shelter ahead of his departure - a 10km night walk through London to support the homeless. 

Kieron is one of many stars to join the charitable cause, including singer Rita Ora, Hollyoaks co-star Jorgie Porter and former United footballer Rio Ferdinand. 

When does Kieron leave Hollyoaks?

Ste hay is at the centre of Hollyoak’s controversial far right storyline which saw him forced to quit Twitter after trolls targeted his kids.

Viewers have watched Ste become increasingly tangled in Jonny Baxter and Stuart Summer’s racist gang over the last few months.  

The next chapter of the plot unfolds this week as Ste’s increasing efforts to escape the group land him in trouble

The vulnerable character’s luck is set to worsen when he tries to do a runner and ends up kidnapped on top of a cliff. 

Show bosses have teased that the clifftop showdown leads to numerous exits - including a final storyline for Ste.

The clifftop scenes will air in this Friday’s hour-long special (November 15) - and fans will have to tune in then to find out exact details surrounding Ste’s exit storyline. 

Will Kieron be coming back to Hollyoaks?

Fans of the popular soap needn’t fear as Kieron’s exit is definitely temporary while he juggles his new project alongside Hollyoaks.

It’s confirmed that he’s juggling both jobs for a few months and will be absent from the soap for a short while.

It’s not yet confirmed how long Kieron will be absent from the soap but he should be back on screens shortly after spring 2020, when Band of Gold’s tour ends...

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