The Sad Truth Behind Charlie G Hawkins' Exit From EastEnders

Whatever happened to this EastEnders actor? Charlie reveals all.

Darren Miller was a fan favourite back in the day, appearing in EastEnders for an impressive 7 years. Viewers watched actor Charlie grow up on screen, before leaving in 2011.

Speaking on District Nostalgia recently, Charlie revealed he struggled with fame: "I struggled to deal with the profile of the show and I went from sort of being this cheeky chappy who was really confident to I really wanted to be at the back of the room,"

"I felt like... maybe now it was a form of anxiety or insecurity, but I used to doubt everything that was happening to me."

"One thing that is similar between me and Darren is we've got the same face – no-one would ever go for Darren. I used to think would this person ever talk to me if I wasn't in EastEnders? That was a conversation I always used to ask myself." he continued.

"When you're quite young, that's quite a battle, probably one that I still have today. I found that people only ever wanted to talk to me about EastEnders and I felt that was the only interesting thing they found about me.

"That became quite difficult to take, I think I really, really struggled with that. You may get 100 good comments, and you'd get one saying, 'Darren, look at his nose, look at his teeth'. I would stare at this one comment and it absolutely broke me. It just really sort of affected me, and even today."

When asked about leaving the soap, Charlie said: "I didn't want to turn my back on acting, I just thought where I've grown up there it was time for me to... you need to try new things."

But is there be a possibility of Darren ever returning to the Square? - "You can never say never for anything, really. If it fits for you in that moment in time and it was the right story then yeah.

"Would it be the thing for me at the minute? Probably not. But you just never know, you can never say never."

Since leaving EastEnders Charlie has gone on to do a small number things from starring in The Ellington Kid, Nymphomaniac and Casualty.

Would you like to see the Miller family return to Walford?