Hollyoaks actor Matt Littler, best known as Max Cunningham, is to quit after 10 years on the soap.

News of Matt’s imminent departure comes just a few months after Darren Jon Jefferies quit as Max’s best friend OB.

The pair picked up the gong for best on-screen partnership at the British Soap Awards last Wednesday, an event which saw Hollyoaks walk away with six top honours.

Matt said: “I feel that I have grown up on Hollyoaks over the past eleven years and I’m not only leaving behind friends but also family.

“I wouldn’t change a second of my time at Hollyoaks and working with Darren Jon Jefferies has been amazing – every second of it! I’d just like to thank everyone who has made my life at Hollyoaks a very happy one.”

But it seems that Matt will not be going too far away – among other things he will be moving to the other side of the camera to direct episodes of the hit Channel 4 soap.

Bryan Kirkwood said: “Matt, together with Darren Jon Jefferies have created a partnership in Max and OB that has been at the heart of Hollyoaks success for the last eleven years.

“Matt is a talented director as well as a successful actor and although Max’s exit marks the end of an era on screen, Matt’s not going too far as he will be directing a few episodes of Hollyoaks in the not too distant future.”

While show bosses are remaining tight-lipped about the details of Max’s sudden exit, it surrounds his long-awaited wedding to Steph Dean, played by Carly Stenson.

Will something – or someone – stop him getting to the church on time..?

Viewers will get to find out when Matt’s final scenes air on Channel 4 on June 27 at 6.30pm.