In the wake of her conviction for a racially-aggravated assault, the makers of Misfits have confirmed that Lauren Socha will not be returning as Kelly Bailey for the fourth series of the E4 show.
A spokesperson for Clerkenwell Films told Digital Spy : “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."
They stressed that the decision was made before the outcome of the case.
“A mutual decision was reached between Clerkenwell and Lauren earlier this year that she would not be returning for the fourth series. Misfits has been in production for a number of weeks now and Lauren is not part of the lineup.”
Socha pleaded guilty to assaulting 52-year-old taxi driver Sakander Iqbal in Derby city centre last October. She was today given a four-month prison sentence (suspended for 12 months), and - somewhat ironically - ordered to do 80 hours of community service.
Iqbal testified to Derby crown court that Socha had called him a "P***", told him to "f*** off back to where you came from”, and had punched him in the face. He managed to record part of her angry rant on his mobile phone.