Girls star Christopher Abbott quits Lena Dunham show

Christopher Abbott

Christopher Abbott has quit his part in the US comedy Girls.

The actor, who played Charlie Dattolo, left at the end of season two which finished on Sky Atlantic last month.

The show, which has been described as a more realistic version of Sex and the City, features four 20-something girls living in New York.

Christopher Abbott's agent confirmed his departure but didn't respond to claims of a row between him and co-star Lena Dunham.

A statement said: "He is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd (Apatow), and the entire Girls cast and crew, but right now he's working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show."

New series

Christopher Abbott's final scenes in series two saw his character Charlie get back together with on/off girlfriend Marnie, played by actress Allison Williams.

He appeared briefly in Nurse Jackie before Girls and is due to appear in upcoming film, The Sleepwalker.

Series three of Girls is being filmed but no release date has been announced by HBO.

The show recently won Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical, and Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series - Comedy or Musical at the Golden Globe Awards.

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