The BBC has confirmed that Iain Dean will be exiting, as star Michael Stevenson takes a break from the show.

Michael Stevenson as Iain Dean in Casualty

“With huge sadness but immense pride, I have decided to take a break from this amazing show,” the actor said. “Playing the role of Iain Dean has been a pure pleasure over the past six years, and I have nothing but fine and fond memories.

“I have laughed every day and wish to thank everyone involved at Casualty for making my time here unforgettable.”

Stevenson added: “Thank you to the fans of the show for being so supportive of Iain throughout his mental illness storyline.

“The response from the public has been astonishing, and I am incredibly proud of the work and what it has done for people’s perception and awareness of needing to talk.

“Iain’s journey will continue.”

Executive producer Simon Harper said: “After his magnificent work carrying the lion’s share of powerful story in this series of Casualty, Michael is taking a well-deserved break from this paramedic duties – I couldn’t be prouder of his stunning work on Casualty, and the door is wide open for his return.”