Hollyoaks Anna Shaffer has spoken for the first time about her decision to leave the show, promising a ‘fitting ending’ for her character Ruby Button.
Last month, it was revealed that Shaffer will depart the Channel 4 soap early next year as her current contract comes to an end.
Ruby has been on screen since 2011 and has been central to a number of the show’s teen storylines, including last year’s bus crash stunt and the tragic bullying of Esther Bloom.
Speaking to Digital Spy about moving on from the programme, Shaffer explained: “I’ve loved my time at Hollyoaks and playing Ruby, but I’ve just got itchy feet and I want a new, fresh beginning. Obviously we film up in Liverpool and I miss London, my parents, my brother and my boyfriend, so I’m ready for a change but I’ll be really sad to leave.”
"I’ve still got a couple of months of filming left to go. I finish at the end of January, so there’s still a whole lot of Ruby to come."
Discussing the plans for her exit plot, she continued: “I don’t know everything yet, but I do know roughly what’s going to happen. I think it’s a fitting end for Ruby and I’m very excited and happy with it.”
Although a number of cast members have left Hollyoaks in recent months, the programme has introduced new faces and this week achieved its highest Channel 4 rating of the year. E4’s first look figures are also well up on 2012.
Shaffer added: “I’m glad that I’m leaving the show when it’s on such a high. It’s in such an amazing place. Since I’ve been here, there’s definitely been ups and downs with the ratings but I’m so proud of the show as it is now.”
"I feel really happy to leave it at this point because I know that it’s just going to go from strength to strength. I probably will be watching a bit jealous saying, ‘I wish I was there! What are the Osbornes up to?’"
On her future plans, she concluded: “I’m just going to see what’s out there. I’m going to have a really long lie-in - the longest lie-in ever! Then I’m just going to see what’s next. I’m a mixture of scared and excited.”