Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas has announced that he will be leaving the soap when his contract ends.

After a year causing chaos in the village as villainous Warren Fox, the 31-year-old actor has decided to bow out to pursue other TV work.

“Last time I left, the recession hit and there wasn’t much being made. It’s starting to pick up and I wanted to give it another crack of the whip,” he told New!

“I want something completely different to Warren to show people I’m versatile.”

But he remains optimistic that Hollyoaks bosses would leave the door open for another return, adding: “I would like to think they would. I’ll have to wait and see.”

Jamie ruled out a permanent move to the US to find acting work, insisting that his children and fiancee Kym Marsh come first.

“I’ve got my kids here. Moving out there permanently is out of the question,” he said.

“Yeah, I’d love to go out and do a pilot season because it’s always been a dream of mine. Kym has been nothing but 100 per cent behind me. That’s the way a partnership is. In terms of people saying she’s going to lose me to Hollywood, that’s nonsense. We’ve just bought a house, we’ve got a baby.”

The actor’s original soap stint ran from 2006 until 2009, when Warren appeared to be killed off in a fire at his nightclub The Loft, but came back to wreak havoc.