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Casualty star Nigel Harman confirmed for exit as Max

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Casualty star Nigel Harman to exit as MaxBBC

Casualty star Nigel Harman is leaving his role on the soap after less than a year. The actor, who joined Casualty as Max Cristie in February, was confirmed last month to be competing on the upcoming 21st series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Digital Spy can confirm that the actor has finished working on Casualty and that his final scenes will air early next year.

It is not yet clear how Max might leave the soap, although he is currently involved in plenty of drama with Donna Jackson, with whom he has shared some secret passion.

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Over the past few months, Max has also had his work cut out trying to improve the Emergency Department amid budget cuts, while his estranged daughter, Jodie Whyte, has also arrived at the hospital as a new nurse.

Harman, who also starred in EastEnders as Dennis Rickman between 2003 and 2005 before his character was killed off, said that he was "amazed, excited, and terrified to be doing Strictly" after the news of his casting was revealed.

"As an armchair fan of the show I have watched in awe as people have twirled and gyrated across the screen," he added. "And now it's my turn...gulp!"

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Fans will be able to get a first glimpse of Harman taking to the dancefloor, as well as find out who his professional partner is, when the talent show returns next weekend (September 16).

A first look at all of the contestants dressed to impress for the glitterball has recently been released.

Casualty airs on Saturdays on BBC One and streams on BBC iPlayer. Strictly Come Dancing returns for its launch special on September 16 on BBC One, while spin-off Strictly: It Takes Two airs on BBC Two. Both shows are available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

Read more Casualty spoilers on our dedicated homepage.

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