Marc Elliott and John Partridge

Marc Elliott and John Partridge

'EastEnders' star John Partridge thinks the show needs some hot gay guys.

The actor hopes that BBC One bosses will bring in some fresh talent after his character Christian Clarke leaves the soap this month along with his on-screen boyfriend Syed Masood (Marc Elliott).

Discussing his upcoming exit, John told The Sun newspaper: "I'll always be a fan of the show. They should bring in some hot new gay guys. Out with the old and in with the new."

The actor has developed a close friendship with his co-star Marc despite their differences, and says he will be leaving the show with a lifelong friend.

John added: "I've learned so much from Marc - in fact, I said that to him as we were leaving. Some of it I liked, some of it I didn't. But we're like brothers - we really are. I've made a friend for life in Marc."

Walford will be minus three gay residents after Christian and Syed leave the show this November, since Danny Pennant recently left Albert Square when actor Gary Lucy's contract was up.

'EastEnders' is set for its most exciting festive episodes to date with some big dramatic storylines, which kick off when Patsy Palmer's character Bianca returns to the soap.

A source revealed: "It will be one of Walford's most exciting festive seasons. With Tanya and Max's wedding set for Christmas Eve, there's a storm brewing - and Max is still hiding some secrets ..."