Bad news for EastEnders fans; one of the soap's major characters is gearing up for an exit – and it's set to be a dramatic one. Buster Briggs, played by Karl Howman, will bow out later this year and already fans speculating over what will make the fishmonger leave after two years on Albert Square.
Buster has been living a double life of late, enjoying an affair with Kathy Beale behind wife-to-be Shirley Carter's back. So viewers will undoubtedly have on eye on the love triangle as Buster's exit approaches.
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Buster Briggs is currently involved in a love triangle with Kathy Beale and wife-to-be Shirley Carter
Following his arrival in Walford in 2014, Buster was revealed to be the father of Shirley's two sons, Mick Carter and Dean Wicks. He has been involved in some of the BBC One drama's most dramatic storylines over the past 18 months, including Dean's attack on sister-in-law Linda and attempted sexual assault of ex-girlfriend Roxy Mitchell.
But it goes without saying his upcoming scenes will undoubtedly have viewers on the edge of their seats, especially now he's caught between two of the Square's most hot-headed women. We all know what Shirley is capable of when she's crossed and Kathy had the conviction to convince her family that she'd died in a car crash while living in South Africa.
Will Buster's son Mick Carter discover Buster's infidelity?
Karl, 62, previously opened up about joining the cast, saying: "It is an honour to have joined such an iconic show. I've had such a lovely welcome. The twists and turns, characters and plots that are coming make it all the more exciting for me."
And fans won't have to wait long to see how things turn out for Buster as his exit will air on BBC One in a few weeks.