Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe has revealed she is leaving the show.

The 30-year-old actress, who plays Mercedes McQueen on the Channel 4 soap, announced the news on Twitter, joking that she needs a break from the sky-high stilettos her character favours.

“Mercedes is leaving the village, she needs to give her high heels a rest – my feet are knackered,” she said.

Jennifer’s departure comes days after her co-star Gemma Merna, who plays her screen sister Carmel McQueen, said she was leaving.

“I have loved working at @Hollyoaks for the past 8 years. I have met some great people and have some of the best friends I could ask for. I have some great story lines ahead of me and can’t wait to get stuck into them,” Gemma tweeted.

But two previously departed family members – Myra McQueen (played by Nicole Barber-Lane) and Theresa McQueen (Jorgie Porter) – are returning to Hollyoaks.

Three new McQueens are also headed to the show: Theresa’s mum, Kathleen (Alison Burrows) and new McQueen cousins, Porsche (Twinnie Lee Moore) and Celine (Sarah George). Their teenage sister, described as the family’s ‘brainbox’, will arrive in coming months.

Cameron Campbell’s brother Lachlan, played by Nick Rhys, could be a possible love interest for one of the new McQueens when he arrives in the village.

Jennifer later wrote: “Read all your lovely messages … Lookin forward to welcoming the new mcqueens (their ace) lots of love and keep watching (sic).”