EastEnders star Aaron Sidwell is believed to being written out of the hit television programme as his character Steven Beale comes to terms with his bisexuality.

The character returned to EastEnders last September after terrorising his step-father Ian, later shooting step mother Jane in the stomach.

His character, who has also been labelled as mentally ill, residing in a psychiatric hospital for a time will kiss both his female friend Stacey Slater and then his step-mother’s brother, Christian Clarke ,played by John Partridge, in a story line that develops over the coming weeks.

A BBC source told The Sun: “Aaron’s contract is not being renewed but he will leave with a bang. There is a big exit story.”

“It’s an extremely odd love triangle,” they added.

The introduction of an openly gay character, Christian has been welcomed by critics, the character seen as a realistic portrayal of a London based, slightly older gay man.

In 2005, the soap opera screened another bisexual storyline with former teenage mother Sonia Fowler beginning a same sex affair with fellow nurse Naomi Julien.