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In January, it emerged that Misfts‘ Lauren Socha had been charged with racial assault. After being sentenced for her crimes yesterday, it has been announced that the BAFTA-winning actress will not be returning for the show’s fourth series.

Socha, who portrayed fan-favourite Kelly in the British superhero comedy drama was sentenced to a four-month suspended sentence yesterday at the Derby Crown Court. She will also serve a supervision order, complete 80 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,100 in compensation and prosecution costs for racially aggravated assault against a taxi driver last October.

Misfits broadcaster Channel 4 confirmed the news. “A mutual decision was reached between Clerkenwell and Lauren earlier this year that she would not be returning for the fourth series,” a press release stated. “Misfits has been in production for a number of weeks now and Lauren is not part of the lineup.”

Digital Spy asked a Channel 4 spokesperson if the departure had anything to do with Socha’s conviction.

“No. Clerkenwell Films and Lauren Socha agreed some time ago that along with other cast members, including Iwan Rheon and Antonia Thomas, she would not be returning for the fourth series of Misfits, which is currently in production. Channel 4 supports both parties’ decisions.”

The news doesn’t come as all that big a surprise after we revealed a casting call for three new main characters in February. Iwan Rheon and Antonia Thomas (who portrayed Simon and Alisha respectively) announced in December that they would not be returning for the show. This means that Nathan Stewart-Jarret will be the only original cast member in the series 4 line-up, joined again by Joeseph Gilgun from series 3.

The fourth series is expected to air this autumn.

Do you think it’s right that Socha is no longer a part of the show? Is her departure linked to her crimes? How will her departure affect the show, given the amount of changes the show has undergone in the last year?

  • Jd

    So now Nathan, Simon, Alisha and Kelly are gone. I hate Curtis why should i keep watching? I like Rudy but…. 

    • CliveRogan

       I wouldn’t abandon it until seeing the new cast in action.  Who knows, they may be far superior to the originals.  I like Rudy more than Nathan so the same could apply to the others.

      • Dagur

        Nathan was the best thing in the first series.

  • http://www.facebook.com/iDomi Domi Ed

    I think it’s the right thing to do. She should’nt be on the show after she did what she did.

    I still have to catch up with Misfits Season 3 (totally in Dr.Who mode at the moment)
    BUT Simon was one of my favorite characters next to Nathan. Alisha I loved her and now Kelly is gone too?

    But I don’t think she should be rewarded with getting her part back after what she did.
    And I DO think this is the reason she’s leaving.
    Her excuse for not coming back is total bullshit.

  • http://twitter.com/TokoMasho Matthew Potter

    That’s a bit sad. Kelly will be missed; she was hilarious.  That’s pretty messed up what the actress did though.
    Hopefully the writers will be able to pull through and make it work. I was really hesitant about Joe Gilgun and that turned out great, so maybe there’s hope yet.

  • Laura J

    so the only original left is Curtis? that suuuuuucks!

    Nathan leaving was bad enough, but now Simon, Alisha and Kelly are gone too! :( so sad because Misfits was amazing!

  • analoren

    See, kids. This is why racism sucks. It makes people do stupid things and then gets awesome characters written out of awesome shows.

  • Jess

    Out of the original group, Curtis was my least favorite. I like Rudy and will probably still watch, but I really will miss Simon and Alisha. I was kinda on the fence with Kelly, I liked her but sometimes she drove me crazy.

  • Beau

    80 hours of unpaid work? Ironic 

  • Katie M

    I think she definitely needs to face the consequences for her actions, it just sucks because her character was fantastic and everyone else has to deal with the result of losing out.  As for the rest of the show, I’m sure the writers can pull it off, but it’s going to be hard to lose so many.  Rudy turned out much better than I was expecting, but they’re really going to need to step it up.
    But I mean, if I can handle the character/actor changes in Doctor Who, I can survive this.

  • http://twitter.com/chelscantil Chelsea Cantil

    the one character that ive been wishing would leave is now the only one that’s left… smh

    • http://twitter.com/vonchambers Devon Chambers

      ha ha same.

      • Lizzy Bee

        IKR how are alisha,nathan,simon, and kelly gone before curtis

  • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    Noooooo. :( Kelly and her accent was were my favorite parts about the show.

    • Name

      What the fuck is brunch?

      • Lizzy Bee

        lol i first thought she said fork

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

    All the best are gone now!  Grrr

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1229430522 Kiara Rubin

    well thats ironic….

  • http://twitter.com/HUGO7321 hello.

    D: noooooooooooooooo!

  • Nathan

    Curtis is easily my least favourite, he’s just really dull and uninteresting. They should’ve just ended it with season 3. Ah, this makes me sad!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bloodspatt Damian Parish

    What a shonker.. I didn’t realise the extent of the cast changes this season. Was all hyped to watch and had to pause it to check, where are they all.. crikey. It’s like a new show each season now, no continuity, no fond characters to wait for.. Rudy does a good job, but a Nathan he ain’t. It feels like instead of a new season, it has become stuck in a single episode now.

  • Chad

    Quit getting rid of the good characters!!!! Nathon, kelly, alicia, SIMON!!!!

    • YouSuck

      Nathan OMFG, His name is NATHAN

  • BringbackKelly

    We’re 3 episodes into season 4 and I’m trying Soooo hard to be open minded, but it just sucks with out those guys. I’m trying to give the new cast a chance but it’s just not good at all. You don’t just spend 3 years building up story then introduce an entirely new cast and do it all over again. sheesh I pray it gets better.

  • Nick

    Its awful and now with curtis gone the show isnt the same anymore :( . Curtis was the last of the original crew and one of my favorites , it is just a shame.

  • maiciek_g5

    hahaha after 3 years of pretending to be a community service worker, she becomes one for real. soo ironic

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