EastEnders exodus continues as another favourite quits the soap

Albert Square is losing one of its most controversial characters

She may be one of the most hated characters in soapland but there’s no doubt that she will be missed.

BBC soap EastEnders has seen another cast member walk out the door with Annette Badland being the latest to quit.

For the past three years, Annette has played evil Aunt Babe and the feeling is that she won’t be last to leave.

With new boss Sean O’Connor looking to freshen up the soap, there are fears among the cast that the axe hasn’t finished falling yet.

In recent weeks Rita Simons, Sam Womack and Danny Boy-Hatchard have said they are leaving in 2017, while others have walked out on the soap before the end of this year.

A source told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: “The rumours on set are that despite so many cast members leaving, many more will be following them.

“And understandably that has created a lot of concern.

“Several of the actors are waiting with bated breath, convinced that Sean’s axe will start swinging again.”

The good news for those that like a menacing soap character is that Aunt Babe will not be killed off for good.

The source continued: “Prior to living in The Vic, Aunt Babe was seen coming and going from The Square with her own life away from Walford.

“She will still very much be in the wings and could well continue to cause aggro for the Carter family.”

Earlier in the week, the first transgender male to play a transgender character in a UK soap, Riley Carter Millington, announced that his time was up on Easties.

Despite only being involved for 12 months, it seems that the producers feel the character has reached a ‘natural end’.

Riley admitted: “When I landed a six-month contract at EastEnders it was a dream come true.

“For that to be extended to a year was something I never expected.”

“However, as the time comes for Kyle to depart Walford I am looking forward to taking on new roles and who knows, Kyle may find his way back to Walford one day.”

Nancy Brown
Associate Editor