The actor, who has played werewolf George fro three series told of how the departure of Aidan Turner (who is currently hunting dragons in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit) had played a big part in his decision.
“I felt so sad when I saw how Aidan [Turner] was leaving,” Tovey told SFX. “I felt so sad for George, because he was losing his best friend, [and] I felt so sad for the show, because Mitchell was a big reason the show was so successful.”
“I’m going to miss Aidan. I didn’t want to do it without Aidan and I wanted to leave on a high. It just felt like it was time.”
Tovey confirmed that he would be making a brief appearance in the upcoming fourth series to explain George’s departure.
“I know some people might be p*ssed off with me that I’ve left, but I want people to love George and understand that I want to go off and explore other things,” he said. “It’s sad [but] I’d decided that I was going to go when I finished filming series three.
“For me three is the magic number. It’s always in my head. I’d done three series and I was ready to go.”