EastEnders confirms exit for Isaac Baptiste as Stevie Basaula leaves

Two years after Isaac first arrived on Albert Square, Stevie Basaula has announced his exit.

EastEnders has confirmed the departure of Stevie Basaula as Isaac Baptiste.

Two years after Basaula’s debut as Patrick Trueman’s son Isaac, the BBC One soap has announced that the popular character will be bidding farewell to Albert Square.

Following speculation over the weekend that Stevie had quit the show, after photos of a cast party emerged on Instagram, producer Kate Oates said in a statement that EastEnders “will miss” the actor.

“Stevie has been a huge asset to EastEnders during his time here; not least through his incredible performance across Isaac’s schizophrenia story,” she said.

“As a member of the Trueman family, he will always be a part of one of our most iconic families. We will miss him, and wish him well in his new ventures.”

In a separate statement, Stevie revealed that although he was “grateful” for his time on EastEnders, it was time for him to explore the “next chapter” of his career.

“What a dream come true! Grateful to have spent over two years on one of the biggest shows in the country, there’s nothing like it,” he said, reflecting on his time as Isaac.

“Thank you for everything you’ve given me. I’ve learnt so much during my time and I’m proud to have been a part of some important work and to have made friends and memories that I’ll cherish for a long time.

“EastEnders has been an essential part of my growth both as a young man and an actor, and I’m now excited and feel ready to explore this next chapter of my career.”

Isaac isn’t the only character to be departing Walford in the coming weeks – Zack Morris recently revealed that he will be taking a break from his role as Keegan Butcher-Baker, while Danny Dyer’s Mick Carter is also set to leave the soap.