Hollyoaks teenager Jason Costello will leave Chester later this year after her actress Victoria Atkin leaves the show to pursue new projects following just over a year playing transgender Jason. According to Digital Spy, the character will leave among big storylines for the Costello family.
24-year-old Victoria revealed the news recently to Digital Spy after they paid a visit to the soap's set explaining that she feels it's the right time to leave the character behind adding: ''Playing Jason has been a phenomenal first role out of drama school. I feel extremely blessed to have performed such a didactic and challenging role.''
''I would like to thank everyone for an immensely rewarding year, Jason has been an incredible part however I am now very excited to explore what other roles the industry has to offer." Speaking to the showbiz and media website following the news, a show insider said: ''Bosses really don't want to spoil the outcome of the big Costello stories that are playing throughout autumn and winter, so they won't say how Jason will leave the show.''
They added: ''News of Victoria's departure is likely to cause a lot of speculation among viewers, though, as there's already been quite a few fans wondering whether Jason could become a victim of his killer grandfather Silas further down the line. Silas once murdered his own wife, so you just can't put anything past him.''
''Whatever happens, the Costellos are going to be devastated when the truth about Silas is revealed and Jason has already had a really tough time in the village with all of the Bart and Sinead dramas. Even if he doesn't get killed off, he's unlikely to get a happy ending."
Confirming the news, a spokesperson for Hollyoaks told Digital Spy: ''We can confirm that Victoria will be leaving the show but to avoid spoiling the forthcoming stories for viewers, we can't confirm how or when the character will depart." Viewers have already started speculating on how Jason will depart the show with some suggesting that she may become one of grandfather Silas' victims.
Recent months have seen the pensioner murder student India Longford, con artist Rebecca 'Bex' Massey and most recently, student and DJ Rae Wilson. Recent reports have claimed that Silas will kill daughter Heidi (Kim Tiddy) who is also Jason's mother.