CASUALTY star Nigel Harman has announced that he has quit his role on the BBC soap after eight months.

The actor, who joined the cast of Casualty as Max Cristie in February, made the announcement over the weekend.

Nigel confirmed he has filmed his final scenes and won’t be returning after they air next year.

He said: “My time on Casualty is done for the time being.

"I’m on screen until February and there are no plans for me to come back at the moment.”

It comes after it was revealed that Nigel is one of the celebrities to have signed up to take part in Strictly Come Dancing later this month.

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The news was revealed by Christine Lampard on ITV's Lorraine on Thursday.

Joining Christine in the studio, Nigel said of the news: “I'm amazed, excited, and terrified to be doing Strictly.

"As an armchair fan of the show I have watched in awe as people have twirled and gyrated across the screen. And now it's my turn…..gulp!“

He continued: “In my mind I think I'm a better dancer than my body is telling me.“

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Nigel started to make a name for himself in 2003 when he began playing the role of EastEnders heartthrob Dennis Rickman.

Since then he has had roles in BBC favourite Hotel Babylon and Sky One's comedy-drama Mount Pleasant.

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