EASTENDERS’ fan favourite Rose Ayling-Ellis has quit the BBC One soap after playing Frankie Lewis for two years.
The actress, 27, is set to depart her role later this year after joining the show back in 2020.
Rose is the first deaf actor to play a regular deaf character on EastEnders.
She has been part of a number of big storylines including the discovery that she is Mick’s daughter after he was abused as a child.
Speaking of leaving, Rose said: “It’s been incredibly special to be EastEnders’ first regular deaf actor.
“I have loved my time on the show and Frankie has been such an awesome character to play, however now feels like the right time for me to move on and I am excited and ready for new challenges.
“I will always treasure my time on the show and all the incredible people I have worked with, who have supported my growth as an actor these last two years and given me so many amazing memories.
“I am excited for viewers to see Frankie’s exit storyline; I think it’s a really important one that will hit home for lots of people.”
Most read in Soaps
Chris Clenshaw, Executive Producer, said: “I have only had the pleasure to work with Rose for a short time but she has always been an incredible asset to EastEnders; not just as a phenomenal actor, but as an amazing company member too.
“As part of the Carter family, Rose has shone in important narratives such as discovering she’s Mick Carter’s daughter as a result of child abuse; and she will soon tackle the important issue highlighting women’s safety on the streets.
“We at EastEnders are incredibly proud of everything Rose has achieved – she’s a real trailblazer, and we wish her every success.”
Rose will bow out this autumn and has already filmed her final scenes.