15/04/2014 13:18 BST | Updated 16/04/2014 11:59 BST

Most Memorable Soap Exits: From ‘EastEnders' And ‘Coronation Street' To ‘The Colbys' And ‘Brookside'

There have been some astoundingly dramatic and creative soap exits in years gone by and with ‘EastEnders’, ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Hollyoaks’ all gearing up for their own ‘Whodunnit?’ plots, there’s no better time to take a look at the most memorable ways our favourite characters have left soaps.

We all remember the various murder plots which have rocked soapland over the years, but what about the character who exited ‘The Colbys’ in a spaceship? Or the few stars who’ve escaped without having their on-screen self killed off?

Obviously we couldn’t look back on the most poignant exits without including the night Ethel bowed out of ‘EastEnders’ and Hayley Cropper’s recent death.

Take a look at this gallery of some of the most memorable soap exits ever…

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