Theres never a quiet moment on EastEnders, with drama lurking around every corner and liable to spell the end for any unsuspecting Walford resident.
Soap-land can be a dangerous place, as EastEnders fans well know by now, and 2019 is no different.
This means it can sometimes be hard to keep track of which actors we know are leaving the soap.
Thats why weve put together a rundown of everyone we know for sure is leaving – or has already left – EastEnders this year…
Tamzin Outhwaite (Mel Owen)
Tamzin is going to be taking her leave from Walford very soon, with her final scenes due to air in Autumn.
The actress was only supposed to be reprising her role as Mel – after an initial absence of 16 years – for a year, but that swiftly turned into nearly two.
On the subject of her departure, Mel has 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.
Exit date: Autumn 2019
Charlie Winter (Hunter Owen)
Charlie is also not long for Walford, which likely comes as little surprise to viewers since his character Hunter was saddled with a life sentence for murder and has since escaped from prison with more violence on his mind.
In scenes very soon, Hunter will take a gun lay siege to the Vic in an effort to take his revenge on Jack Branning (Scott Maslen), whom Hunter blames for getting him arrested and thus sent to jail.
We know that at least one Walford local wont survive the attack, and with both Mel and Hunters days on the soap being numbered, its not looking good for the mother or her son.
Exit date: Unknown
Patsy Palmer (Bianca Jackson)
After being off the soap for five years, Bianca Jackson has returned for a brief spell in Watford in time for Whitney Deans (Shona McGarty) wedding to Callum Highway (Tony Clay) – but shes come back with a few secrets.
Actress Patsy Palmer has teased: Biancas got a lot of stuff going on that nobody knows about.
I dont want to give anything away, but viewers will learn in the coming weeks why Biancas been so quiet and whats been going on. Im not going to spoil anything but it does give answers.
As for how long Bianca will be back in Walford, Patsy was only involved in filming for a few weeks, so shes likely not long for The Square…
Exit date: Unknown
Stacey Fowler (Lacey Turner)
Lacey Turner has taken a tempory break from EastEnders because shes on maternity leave – but shell be back, and has already been spotted filming a few scenes for an episode before shes back permanently.
As far as Stacey is concerned, shes gone on the run after hitting Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) across the head with a wrench and leaving him for dead.
Lacey has previously spoken about suffering two miscarriages before conceiving her new daughter Dusty, revealing: We first fell pregnant straight away in October 2017, a month after our wedding. We were so excited and were thinking of baby names and then in December, when I was seven weeks pregnant, I lost it.
I started bleeding at home and we went to the hospital and they told me I wasnt pregnant anymore. I was heartbroken. It felt like my whole world had fallen to pieces and theres nothing you can do apart from try and put it back together.
Exit date: Summer 2019
James Bye (Martin Fowler)
Martin left to go on the run with his wife Stacey, but he wont be gone for as long as Lacy, who will be off the soap until her maternity leave is over.
The pair have fled Walford because Stacey walloped Phil over the head in an effort to save Martin from being throttled by the formidable Phil in one of his tempers.
Exit date: Summer 2019
Rob Kazinsky (Sean Slater)
Sean Slater made a short return to EastEnders after an absence of 10 years back in April.
This stint was a swift one, in which the troubled character was seen reconnecting with his mother Jean (Gillian Wright) as she coped with ovarian cancer.
On the subject of another possible return, Kazinsky told Metro.co.uk: I said to Kate when we were talking that we should presume I am never coming back. Lets answer all the questions and give him an ending and give the audience an ending they didnt get 10 years ago. Lets leave them satisfied.
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