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Oyelowo third spy to go in Spooks.

Byline: EXCLUSIVE By CAMERON ROBERTSON

SPOOKS star David Oyelowo is to quit the hit BBC1 drama.

He follows Matthew Macfadyen and Keeley Hawes, who both leave during the third series which starts tonight.

The BBC confirmed: "David will depart in the 10th and final episode.

"He decided this was as far as he could take his character Danny Hunter - who certainly doesn't see his departure coming in the show."

Oyelowo, 30, completes the exit of the drama's main spy trio.

As revealed by the Daily Mirror two months ago Macfadyen, 29, will return as Tom Quinn for just two instalments.

His co-star and real-life lover Keeley, who plays sidekick Zoe Reynolds, 29, will leave later.

The couple, who met on set, are expecting their first child next month.

BBC bosses have been quick to hire Cambridge Spies star Rupert Penry-Jones, 33, as new male lead Adam Carter.

He and a new character, Fiona (Olga Sosnovaska), will lead the cast in an expected fourth series.

Fiona plays a pivotal role in Hunter's exit.

A show insider said: "In Danny's final episode, he and Fiona have to go on an assignment and it all goes badly wrong.

"Danny doesn't realise what's coming and viewers will be gripped."

Insiders say writers have based Fiona and Carter's romance on real-life spy lovers.

Oyelowo is now in Los Angeles filming a movie, Spice of Life, with fellow Spooks cast member Anupam Kher, who plays Harakat in the series.

A BBC insider said: "It's the end an era - but there are new thrills ahead."

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Date:Oct 11, 2004
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