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Film actor quietly leaves (5)


I believe the answer is:


'film' is the definition.
(film can mean a thin layer of something)

'actor quietly leaves' is the wordplay.
'actor' becomes 'player' (synonyms).
'quietly' becomes 'p' (p for piano and quiet).
'leaves' is a deletion indicator.
'player' with 'p' taken away is 'LAYER'.

(Other definitions for layer that I've seen before include "Single thickness and hen" , "Bed - hen" , "Hen, perhaps" , "One producing eggs" , "Thin sheet - productive hen" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times and The Sunday Times.
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