Cast Changes News

Karl Howman leaves his role as Buster Briggs


Buster Briggs, the biological father of Mick Carter and childhood sweetheart of Shirley Carter, is to leave Albert Square, Digital Spy have exclusively revealed.

Former Brush Strokes actor Karl Howman joined the soap in 2014, when his alter-ego’s identity was kept under wraps to surprise fans. Buster was later revealed to be the father to both Mick and Dean.

Since then, Buster and Shirley have given their relationship another go. Unbeknownst to her, though, he’s been having a secret affair with Kathy Beale.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 12/01/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 19/01/2016 - Episode: 5214 (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Shirley is upset for Phil.  Andrew 'Buster' Briggs (KARL HOWMAN), Shirley Carter (LINDA HENRY) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Will Shirley discover about her partner’s infidelity, and will this be the cause of his sudden exit from Walford?

Digital Spy‘s Daniel Kilkelly reports that Howman has already filmed his final scenes.

Buster’s exit is set to air in the coming weeks.

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