EastEnders fans noticed Arthur Fowler has been replaced on the BBC channel this week, with original actor Hunter Bell explaining his departure and congratulating newcomer Rocco Brenner
EastEnders reprized the role of Arthur Fowler on the BBC, with fans noticing on Monday that the child looked very different.
The son of Stacey Slater and Kush Kazemi, and stepchild of Martin Fowler, was previously played by child actor Hunter Bell, six, for the past six years, ever since he was a kid.
But the actor has now been replaced, with a new child actor taking over the role.
Rocco Brenner will now play the child in a new storyline, after it was revealed his father Kush was murdered by Gray Atkins.
The boy will take center stage in the upcoming scenes as he learns the truth about his father’s death, and then relays the information elsewhere.
Actor Hunter has now talked about his departure on his official Instagram page as he parted ways with the role, explaining that it was his decision to leave.
Hunter also wished Rocco well in the role after he replaced him, as he explained that he wanted to be involved in new projects.
The six-year-old said: “After 6 years of my 6-year-old life, I became the most popular character on #bbcone Soap EastEnders. Ever since I was a kid, I was chosen to Play #BabyArthur by the amazing @desouzie84 .
“Since then, I’ve grown into the little Arthur Fowler you all know and love.
“However, I have personally made the decision that at the age of 6, I want to try different things in life. So here it is, My final hooray…”
He continued, “I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who made this happen,” going on to thank his parents, his on-screen family, and the team at the show.
Hunter added: “I will capture a lot of memories from this amazing experience like My First Steps, Working with Legendary Dots, Phil Mitchel and Patrick also meeting the amazing @patrickberginofficial.
“And last but not least Thank you everyone for supporting me, showing me love, sending me amazingly positive messages – it means so much. @Bbceastenders indeed. was an explosion.”
He then commented: “I’d like to say HUGE congratulations to Rocco Brennan for replacing me as the new Arthur Fowler. I’m sure you’ll be hugely successful. Looking forward to seeing you grow as I did. for six years.”
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EastEnders airs Monday through Thursday at 7:30pm on BBC One.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/eastenders-arthur-fowler-replaced-new-26531436 EastEnders' Arthur Fowler Replaced With New Actor As Hunter Bell Leaves