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Hollyoaks actor Imran Adams leaving soap later this year

Imran Adams (Lime Pictures/Hollyoaks/PA)
Imran Adams (Lime Pictures/Hollyoaks/PA)

Hollyoaks star Imran Adams will leave the Channel 4 soap later this year.

The actor, who plays Mitchell Deveraux, is expected to depart around the same time his character is due to marry fiance Scott Drinkwell, played by Ross Adams.

A spokeswoman for Lime Pictures, which produces the soap, said: “Imran Adams will be leaving Hollyoaks later this year at the end of his current contract.”

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The Hollyoaks cast in 2019 (Ian West/PA)

Adams made his Hollyoaks debut as the level-headed trainee doctor in February 2019, the son of established character Martine Deveraux, played by Kelle Bryan.

He has featured in a number of major storylines including one in which he struggled with his sexuality as a gay man.

It comes after Rachel Adedeji announced her departure from the soap in June, after more than four years playing Lisa Loveday.

She previously said she had experienced racism while working on the show and that her “fellow black cast mates are deemed angry, aggressive and too vocal”.

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Rachel Adedeji announced her departure in June (Ian West/PA)

Bosses of the programme said they would bring in “unconscious bias trainers” in an effort to tackle any inequality among cast and crew.

Earlier this month Lime Pictures launched an “inclusivity action plan” which included a number of new initiatives such as a guardians scheme and hiring a Caribbean cultural adviser.

Hollyoaks has resumed production in Liverpool after filming was halted in March as the TV and film industry shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic.

New work protocols are in place to safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the Channel 4 soap’s cast and crew.

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