New EastEnders boss axes four characters

Four stars of EastEnders are lined up for the chop in a shake-up of the cast aimed at boosting the audience.

The BBC One soap will axe characters Kirsty Branning, Carl White, Poppy Meadow and AJ White early next year.

The departures are a result of changes introduced by new executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins, who has recently recruited Luisa Bradshaw-White and comedian Terry Alderton to EastEnders.

The new boss joined in July after a slump in the ratings.

The outgoing actors Kierston Wareing (Kirsty) Phaldut Hsarma (AJ), Daniel Coonan (Carl) and Rachel Bright (Poppy) will film their final scenes in the coming months.

A spokeswoman for EastEnders said: "We can confirm these actors will be leaving EastEnders. We wish them all the best."

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