“We can confirm Ben will be leaving EastEnders at the end of his contract.” – EastEnders Spokesperson
Digital Spy reached out to EastEnders after rumours began circulating overnight that the actor has been shortlisted to play a young Cyclops in the next X-Men film Apocalypse.
The intricacies of how Peter will leave Walford, such as how and when, have not been divulged by show chiefs.
Hardy, who has also starred in a number of theatre productions, made his first appearance as Peter in June 2013, taking over from previous actor Thomas Law who played the role between 2006-2010.
Since his return to Walford Peter has had romances with Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold) and Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa) and was left grief-stricken after his twin sister Lucy was killed in April.
EastEnders airs Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on BBC One, with a weekly omnibus also on the channel and erratically scheduled repeats on BBC Three. Viewers can also catch up online via BBC iPlayer.