Thomas Atkinson has confirmed Lachlan White's "Emmerdale" exit.
The 19-year-old star has revealed he is departing the Dales after four-and-a-half years of portraying the serial killer, but hinted his evil alter-ego could be back at some point.
He said: "So, after all this time, after everything Lachlan has done, it's all finally caught up with.
"For the last four-and-a-half years, I've kinda grown up here. That's the way I see it. I've figured it out - I've spent a quarter of my life here, which is a long time.
Thomas has hinted Lachlan will be return to our screens, admitting there could be a trial, after his calculated character was locked up following his kidnapping of Rebecca White (Emily Head).
He said: "Will he be back? I don't know. You'll have to ask the soap gods about that.
"I mean, he's not dying. He's going to prison. There could be a trial. You know, we don't know? We'll have to see!"
Thomas was full of praise for co-star Eden Taylor-Draper, saying she has been "fantastic" to work alongside, and he thanked the fans for their support.
Speaking in a video on the "Emmerdale" Twitter account, he added: "The fanbase has been amazing. They've shown me support."
Thomas has had an eventful time portraying Lachlan in the ITV soap, and recently revealed he had his bum slapped by an "old woman" in a shopping centre because of his "Emmerdale" character's crimes.
He said: "It's normally old women calling me a "naughty boy." I had an old woman smack my bum in the Trafford Centre, which was really weird.
"But it was great - I loved it."