Fan favourite Tamzin Outhwaite has announced she will be leaving her role on EastEnders as Mel Owen.
The popular actress returned to the BBC one series in 2017, after a lengthy break away.
But the 48 year old has now confirmed she’s set to leave Albert Square for good.
She said: “When John [Yorke] asked me to return to EastEnders back in 2017, I jumped at the chance to play Mel once more but it was only supposed to be for a year.
“That year quickly passed and I agreed to stay on for another, but now the time feels right to once again pursue other challenges.
“I will of course miss so many people here at EastEnders, and I will forever have good memories of my time at the show, but I am also excited to experience new roles outside of Walford.”
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Jon Sen, Executive Producer, added to The Metro: "We are extremely grateful to Tamzin for reviving the character of Mel Owen back in 2017, allowing EastEnders fans the chance to see one of Walford’s most popular characters take centre stage once more.
“Tamzin is an incredible talent who has set our screens on fire with her wonderful performances in some of our most iconic storylines. We wish her the best of luck for the future.”
Insiders told The Sun Tamzin’s character would be going out with an “explosive final storyline”.
A source said: “Mel is a massive character on the Square so it’s going to be a massive exit.
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“You can always expect fireworks where she is involved and this is going to be no different.
“They’ve started filming the scenes and they will air later this autumn.”
Tamzin previously spoke out about the fact that her character was only supposed to stay on Albert Square temporarily.
She explained at the time: "The storylines that they told me about seemed like I was going to have fun with them, which I have been, and am.
"They tell you about the projected [storylines], what's going to happen in the future, possibly for the next year.
"So, I was going to be there for a year, and now I've extended it to be there a bit longer, because I'm having such a good time."
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