Waterloo Road star Jason Done has revealed he is 'very proud' of the show as he prepares to leave.
The 40-year-old actor (opens in new tab), who has played school teacher Tom Clarkson on the BBC drama for seven years since the show began in 2006, has already filmed his final scenes.
He said: "A massive thank you to everyone who's been involved in the making of Waterloo Road. I'm very proud of what we have achieved and the laughter we have shared."
Jason will feature in the next block of 10 episodes, which are due to screen in coming months, as bosses promise a 'memorable exit' for the fan favourite.
Executive producer Cameron Roach said: "We will be sorry to see Tom Clarkson leave Waterloo Road, but we promise a finale that can't be missed, in order that we send this much-loved character off in style.
"We wish Jason all the best for the future and thank him wholeheartedly for the energy and commitment he has given the role. He has been a big part of the Waterloo Road story," he added.
Jason's move follows Alec Newman and Daniela Denby-Ashe, who have also left their respective roles as headteacher Michael Byrne and businesswoman Lorraine Donnegan.
Brian Park, managing director of Waterloo Road's production company Shed Productions, told Digital Spy: "Jason, Alec and Daniela all feature significantly in the next series and their departures will have all Waterloo Roaders on the edge of their seats."
Meanwhile, Caitlin Gillespie, who appears in Scottish soap River City, is set to join the show as Lisa Brown.
"It's been absolutely crazy and everything just happened so quickly.There's been no time for it to sink in," she told the Scottish Sun.
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