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In Coupling, Richard Coyle (Jeff Murdock) left the series before the 4th season. Does anybody know the reason?

I looked at the IMDb and Wikipedia pages but couldn't find any useful information.

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Richard Coyle himself said in an interview that he was afraid of being typecast:

I was very keen that that character didn’t stick with me. It’s the kind of character that does.

I’m an actor and I want to be an actor when I’m 60. It’s a lifelong process, why cut it off by boxing yourself into a little pigeon hole early on?

but

It was a very difficult decision; incredibly difficult because there was something nice about the fact that I knew, for three years, once a year we all came together for three months and had an almighty laugh.


The writer/creator of the series, Steven Moffat, had this to say about Richard Coyle's departure:

Richard didn’t want to return. Or do a goodbye episode. Or in fact talk to me. Hurtful behaviour, but it’s showbiz, these things happen. Can’t give you any insight, except these wise words, spoken by – er – a wise person: an actor will forgive you for anything but their first success.

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He went on to star in a short-lived series called Strange, which was a kind of X-Filesish, Supernatural-type mish mash. He later showed up in Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. He also has the key to paradise, but has too many legs. –  Nobby Jan 19 '13 at 15:33
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