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What next for ex-Take That star Jason Orange?

Jason Orange has left Take That. Photo: PA Wire

Take That star Jason Orange has left the group after telling band mates that he did not want to commit to recording and promoting a new album.

The 44-year-old star remained largely out of the spotlight after the group's original split in February 1996, before they reunited 10-years later for for Take That's Ultimate tour, minus Robbie Williams.

While Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen have vowed to continue as a group, Orange has remained tight lipped about what he plans to do next.

So here's what the future might hold now that he has left the group.

A return to stage and screen?

Two-years after the band's 1996 split Orange appeared on the small screen in the TV thriller "Killer Net."

The following year he was the lead actor in the London stage production of Gob, "the gritty and lyrical world of the frontline, acid-fuelled wordsmiths of the techno generation."

The play gained good reviews in both Time Out and Critics Choice but aside from a cameo in the TV show Shameless in 2013, Orange has not acted in anything else.

Jason Orange during a photocall for a play he appeared in called 'Gob.' Credit: PA

Pursue a solo career?

Jason, along with Howard Donald did not pursue a solo career following the band's original split.

Instead he watched as Robbie Williams repeatedly topped the charts and Gary Barlow and Mark Owen enjoyed minimal success.

Recruited to the group for his dancing ability, he did not sing or play an instrument on the group's initial albums but on the Beautiful World album he sang the lead on Wooden Boat.

Could this have sparked a desire to sing on his own?

Does Jason fancy a solo career? Credit: Ian West/PA

Settle down?

Orange has always remained fiercely protective of his private life, although he has been linked in the past with TV presenter Jenny Powell and after their 1993 hit "Relight my Fire," Lulu.

More recently, in 2012, he was reportedly in relationship with comedienne Catherine Tate, but he has not been seen with anyone since.

At 44, he's no spring chicken, so is he looking for love?

Back to the dance floor?

It was his talents as a dancer that won him his membership in Take That.

He learned his moves in his teens as a member of Manchester's break dancing Street Machine and later won a spot on the TV dance show Hitman and Her, presented by Pete Waterman.

While on set, he reportedly met Howard Donald, who helped him secure his spot in the band.

Maybe he fancies strutting his stuff again.

Continue his education?

Convinced he would have to get used to a life out of the spotlight, after the group's first split, Orange took A-levels at South Trafford College, only for the pop world to come calling again.

Does life as an academic beckon?

Painting and decorating?

After graduating from high school Orange apprenticed as a painter and decorator.

Perhaps he fancies picking up a paintbrush again?