Lacey Turner quits EastEnders

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 April 2010
Lacey Turner

Lacey Turner

Lacey Turner has quit her role as troubled Stacey Branning in 'EastEnders', but her alter-ego will not be killed off

Lacey Turner has quit 'EastEnders'.

The 22-year-old actress - who has played troubled Stacey Branning in the BBC1 soap for five years - has decided to leave the show in the hope of breaking into movies, although her alter-ego will not be killed off.

She told The Sun newspaper: "I've had the most fantastic time at 'EastEnders'. Stacey's been a brilliant role - as has being part of the feisty Slater family. I'm so lucky to have had such challenging storylines, from the affair with Max and being diagnosed as bipolar, to the shock of being revealed as Archie's killer in the live episode.

"I'll miss everyone in Albert Square, but the time has come to try something different."

Stacey has been one of the most popular characters in the show's history and over 16 million tuned in to watch her confess to killing Archie Mitchell in February's live episode, which also saw husband Bradley Branning fall to his death.

'EastEnders' boss Bryan Kirkwood said: "We'll be very sad to see Lacey leave, she's one of TV's best young actresses. The door will be left open for her to return."

Stacey's mother Jean Slater - played by Gillian Wright - will also leave the show.

She said: "It's been an honour to play Jean."

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