EastEnders star Neil McDermott is believed to have moved out of his marital home after admitting having an affair with a 16-year-old fan.

The actor who plays Ryan Malloy in the BBC1 soap, slept with a teenage girl when he made a personal appearance at the Glam nightclub in Stockton-on-Tees, just weeks after his wife Michelle gave birth to their first child, daughter Arabella.

Since the revelations, Neil has issued an apology in a bid to save his three-and-a-half-year marriage.

Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, he said: “I am so sorry: To my wife, daughter and our family for this betrayal. I love my wife and family dearly and I’m distraught that my life is now in tatters due to a stupid mistake.

“I’ve caused heartache to those I love most which I deeply regret. This was a one-off incident but I’ve let myself down as well as my wife and everyone who knows me. Now I just need privacy and time to do all I can to rebuild my family.”

On Tuesday morning, The Sun published photos that appear to show Neil leaving his marital home – minus his wedding ring – carrying his personal belongings in big liners.