Lacey Turner to quit EastEnders

Lacey Turner is quitting her role as troubled Stacey Branning in EastEnders after more than five years in the soap.

The actress revealed as Archie Mitchell's killer in a nail-biting live episode in February hopes to pursue a career in films, but show bosses said the door would be left open for her return.

Gillian Wright, who plays Stacey's mother Jean, is also leaving later this year.

Lacey, 22, said: "I've had the most fantastic time at EastEnders. Stacey has been such a brilliant role for me to play, as has being part of the feisty Lacey family.

"I'm so lucky to have had such challenging storylines, from the affair with Max and being diagnosed with bipolar to the complete shock of being revealed as Archie's killer during the live 25th anniversary episode.

"I'll miss Stacey and everyone in Albert Square very much but the time has come to try something different."

EastEnders executive producer Bryan Kirkwood said: "We'll be very sad to see Lacey Turner leave the show.

"The fact that she's won 28 awards in the last five years is testament to this. It's only right that someone as talented and versatile as Lacey should pursue new challenges and we wish her the very best of luck.

"In the meantime, viewers can look forward to a typically dramatic Slater family exit when she leaves and the door will be left open for Stacey Branning to return to Albert Square in the future."

Actress Gillian, 49, whose character also has bipolar disorder, added: "It's been an honour to play Jean, especially as the public response to her has always been so supportive."

Source - MSN

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