Hollyoaks actress Jorgie Porter aka Theresa McQueen has decided to leave the C4 soap to try her luck at a career in Hollywood.

The 27 year old, who has played Theresa for seven years, will leave the show at the end of the year, following in the footsteps of other British soap stars – such as EastEnders’ Ben Hardy and former Hollyoaks star Ricky Whittle – who have found success stateside.

Jorgie first appeared as Theresa in 2008 and has been involved in some of the drama’s most high-profile storylines.

One month before the character’s arrival, she was mentioned by her aunt Myra and grandmother Nana, and got into all sorts of trouble almost as soon as she set foot in the village.

Her first story was bedding Tony Cunningham, who was horrified to discover that Theresa was only 15 years old and therefore underage. Since then, she’s been a teenage mum, the target of a serial killer, kidnapped by her evil ex-boyfriend Will Savage, offered a kidney to Nico Blake and, of course, got sent down for shooting dead copper Calvin Valentine.

She took a short break from the soap in 2013, but made a dramatic return in August last year when her cousin Mercedes helped her to break free from prison.

In 2012, Jorgie appeared in the seventh series of Dancing On Ice, and was paired with professional American ice skater Matt Evers. She made it to the final, coming second to Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden, better known at David Metcalfe. However, when she appeared in the show’s final series in 2014, which saw the return of former celebrity contestants, the actress was knocked out in the first week.

She also appeared in the 2011 series Born To Shine, which featured celebs being taught a new skill by talented teenagers. But Jorgie’s attempt at street dancing fell flat and she was eliminated in the first week.

Following the news of Jorgie’s departure from Hollyoaks, a source told Mirror Online: “Jorgie has been in LA wooing acting agents and managers and hopes to start landing film roles soon. She can sing and dance too so has as lot to offer.”