Emmett Scanlan has vowed to give his Hollyoaks character Brendan Brady an epic exit.

The Irish actor announced he was quitting the show to pursue other acting roles after an award-winning stint as resident villain Brendan Brady.

He said of his character’s final farewell: “It’s going to be an epic storyline, there’s going to be a lot of twists and turns.

“Since I joined in May 2010 I’ve been spoilt anyway with storylines and this is no different, it’s an honour. I want to do it justice, not only for the characters and the Bradys, but I want it to ring home for the audience.”

Emmett revealed he plans to head to Los Angeles when he finishes filming at the end of the month.

“That’s where I started, that’s where I was working on a show beforehand,” he said.

“I’m not going over there in the stereotypical ‘Soap actor leaves Hollyoaks to go to Hollywood’, it’s got nothing to do with that.

“I’m going over there to stay with my manager, I’ve got auditions and meetings and stuff like that – they’re already set up but predominantly I’m going over there to rekindle old friendships that I’ve kind of neglected over the last couple of years and to relax and take a break, and come back here as well.

“Lime Pictures (who make Hollyoaks) have approached me with the possibility of working on another project, another drama, with me at the forefront of something like that. The ideas they have are very ballsy and make me very excited.”

But the 33-year-old – who’s up for a National Television Award for his portrayal of Brendan – says the role must be a good one. He added: “I can’t go from Hollyoaks’ Brendan Brady and take a step down, it’s very important that the next thing I pick is of importance.”