Lucy-Jo Hudson has revealed she will be leaving Hollyoaks after a year-long stint as prostitute Donna-Marie Quinn on the Channel 4 soap.
The actress, 35, made the announcement on her Instagram on Friday in a series of snaps from her final days on the show.
She had made her debut as the troubled character in June last year and has been through a dramatic few months in the role.
Donna-Marie arrived at the village with her son Romeo Quinn (Owen Warner) after making her first appearance in a flashback episode which revealed her character had been hired to sleep with James Nightingale (Gregory Finnegan).
Revealing her departure on Instagram, the mother-of-one said: ‘Goodbye @hollyoaksofficial it has been a real pleasure playing skanky Donna-Marie for the past 12 months.
‘Not gonna miss the teeth that’s for sure…. but Thankyou for making me feel welcome…. wonderful cast and crew!!!’
The post was accompanied by a picture of Lucy-Jo and her co-star Gregory Finnegan on her last day on set.
The actress also posted a snap of her final clapperboard with the caption: ‘Goodbye @hollyoaks official xxx’.
Gregory, 38, posted his own tribute to the actress alongside a picture of her looking glum on her final day on set – January 22.
He wrote: ‘On a snowy day in January we said au revoir to Donna-Marie… Loved working with the wonderful @lucyjo_hudson – here’s hoping she gets out of Prison soon! Gx’
Lucy-Jo replied: ‘Ahhhh mate….. gonna miss working with you! Thanks for all the entertainment now go win best actor please!’
The actress had previously admitted it was ‘challenging’ but ‘quite fun’ to play someone so far from her own character.
Speaking to the Sun, she said: ‘I am rough as. I play an ex-prostitute and she’s a bad girl and she comes in and she is nasty.
‘It’s quite nice to play something that is so extreme from myself, and it’s something I have never done.
‘It’s been challenging but I’m absolutely loving it. It’s been good so far.’