Russell Tovey leaves Being Human

Series four of the BBC Three show will be very different…

Russell Tovey let slip in a recent interview with The Guardian that he’s decided to leave Being Human, the show that launched his career. Playing the werewolf George, he was tangled in a huge storyline at the end of series three when he transpired to be the foretold ‘wolf-shaped bullet’, killing the vampire Mitchell. It seems that Aidan Turner’s decision to leave the show to join the cast of The Hobbit may have played a part in Tovey’s departure.

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“Well, I’ve actually left Being Human but no one [outside of the show] knows yet,” he says, bursting our bubble. The news will come as a shock to fans, still reeling from Aidan Turner’s exit as his character, Mitchell the vampire, was killed off by George in the season three finale. “Aidan’s left to film The Hobbit in New Zealand [with Peter Jackson] and going on without him on this fourth series felt strange,” says Tovey by way of explanation. But for such a huge sci fi-ish hit on both sides of the Atlantic, doesn’t having only one of the original cast members left put the show in major jeopardy?

“No, with Being Human the story can definitely go on and on,” Tovey insists. “Toby [Whithouse, the writer] still runs it and they can do all sorts … add giants and robots!”

The actor then confirmed via his Twitter feed that the news is true. For more news on Being Human series four, check out the next issue of SciFiNow, on sale 23/11/11.