Matt returned to the show last year as character Dean Wicks, who, in shocking scenes, viewers saw rape his brother’s wife, Linda Carter (opens in new tab).
(Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron/BBC)
A BBC spokesperson said: “We can confirm Matt will be leaving and wish him all the best.”
The Mirror reported that Dean 'gets his comeuppance' for the rape, with a source adding, “Matt’s exit will be explosive. Viewers are in for a nail-biting treat.”
EastEnders' executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins had previously promised fans that justice would be done.
The Carter/Wicks clan, with Dean, second left, and Linda, centre (Des Willie/BBC)
“There is justice. And how it’s meted out will be satisfying but shocking too,” he said.
Matt has yet to face any punishment for raping Linda, played by Kellie Bright, after authorities dropped the case against him.
His dark side emerged again recently when he deliberately burned his girlfriend Roxy Mitchell with hair straighteners.
Dean with mother Shirley (Linda Henry) and father Buster (Karl Howman) (Jack Barnes/BBC)
Matt first joined EastEnders in 2006, but left just two years later. He returned in April 2014 and signed a year’s contract, which has since been extended for another 12 months.
At the moment it isn’t known when Matt will be leaving the show.
He is currently involved in another major storyline that sees Dean pursuing custody of a daughter he never knew existed from a past one-night-stand.
Matt previously played Sean in Hustle (BBC/Indiria Cesarine/Kudos)
Matt became runner-up on Strictly Come Dancing in 2007 and has starred in Hustle and The Borgias.
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