Jamie Lomas axed from EastEnders

Jamie Lomas will be leaving EastEnders this summer after the show's producers decided not renew his contract.

A source told the Sun: "Bosses feel the character has run his course and their decision is final."

Jamie made his first appearance in August last year, with his character Jake Stone introduced as a love interest for recovering alcoholic Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa).

The pair first encountered each other at a support group, but it was later revealed that Jake was already married.

Their affair wrecked Jake’s marriage and drove him back to drink and out of Albert Square.

Jake has only just resurfaced in Walford and was living rough until Ian (Adam Woodyatt) took pity on him and gave him a sofa.

Jamie, meanwhile, has assured viewers there’s still plenty of drama ahead for Jake.

Writing on Twitter, the actor teased future plotlines and also sang the praises of EastEnders’ executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins