British soap star David Easter is "ecstatic" after a rape case against him was dropped.

Easter, who has starred in U.K. soaps Brookside and Emmerdale, was interviewed under caution at a police station in Surrey, England in May (14) on one allegation of rape, which is said to have occurred 17 years ago involving a woman who was aged 30 at the time.

The actor, who was married to British Tv personality Denise Welch for five years in the 1980s, denied the allegation and was allowed to leave the station hours later.

The case against the 54 year old has now been dropped due to lack of evidence.

His lawyer Julian Lee tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "David is obviously ecstatic... thankfully (the claims) didn't get anywhere - I hope David can get on with his life now."