Ayden Callaghan has spoken about his three years on Hollyoaks, revealing why he quit the Channel 4 soap.
The actor played Joe Roscoe from 2013 to 2016 until his character was killed off after he fell from a ferris wheel.
Speaking exclusively to OK! Online, he said: “I didn’t enjoy my last two years on Hollyoaks.
“I had some good times there and met some nice people and it was fun, but ultimately it was a fairly frustrating time for me and that’s ultimately why I enquired about leaving some time before I did, and why I left when I did.”
The 34 year old, who has also appeared in Emmerdale, added: “There comes a point where you want to be challenged and express your creativity. Acting is a long career and I don’t want to stand still.
“The last two years it became clear to me that the character had become so diluted he was almost unrecognisable.
“I felt that important parts were shaved off the character and I could increasingly see that things weren’t going to change.”
Loui Batley’s Sarah Barnes was a Hollyoaks fan favourite before leaving our screens in 2009 – since the show Loui has gone on to become a member of a pop-singing duo Verity and Violet [Channel 4/Twitter]
He continued: “But it’s a big production with a lot of cast, a lot of characters and they do an incredible job getting out such big stories with the frequency that they do, but all I cared about was me and mine. They have a much bigger picture to look at and I appreciate that.
“For me I felt there was so much that could have been done and my feeling was that it was never going to happen.”
Ayden recently welcomed his second son Indiana Fox with his wife Sarah-Jane Honeywell.
But things didn’t run smoothly for the couple, with the former CBeebies presenter going in to labour early while Ayden was miles away at a meeting.
Although he rushed back, a series of cancelled train meant he didn’t arrive home until after Indiana was born and he missed the birth of his son.
“I missed it and I was really stressed. It took me about three days to recover from the shock of it,” he said.
“It felt like the fates had conspired and everything was against me but the most important thing was he was fine.”