Lindsay Coulson, who plays Carol Jackson, is set to depart ‘EastEnders’.
The actress reprised her role as Carol back in 2010, after two previous stints in Walford.
The news was announced on the soap’s website, with a statement from Lindsay that reads: “I have had a fantastic time playing the formidable Carol Jackson - however, although I’ll miss everything about ‘EastEnders’, I feel the time is right for me to move on.
“I’ve been involved in so many wonderful stories as Carol and now it’s time for me to play some different characters and tell some new ones.”
‘EastEnders’ executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins adds: “‘EastEnders’ has always been so lucky to have an actress of Lindsey’s calibre in the company – but we always knew that it wasn’t indefinitely.
“We were thrilled when Lindsey signed for another year to play Carol’s breast cancer story – and Lindsey’s nuanced, brave and utterly real performance rightfully won her an award and praise from viewers, charities and women who have been through similar experiences to Carol.
“The door will always be open for Carol’s return and we wish Lindsey huge love and luck as she embraces new roles away from Walford.”
Lindsay will film her final scenes in the coming weeks, and the news comes following the announcement that Danielle Harold, who stars as Lola Pearce, will be leaving Albert Square for good later this year.
Since resuming her role in 2010, Lindsay has been at the centre of a number of emotional storylines, including Carol’s recent breast cancer plot.
There have been a number of changes to the ‘EastEnders’ cast recently, and new arrivals have included Bonnie Langford, who stars as Kush’s mum, and Paul Coker, played by newcomer Jonny Labey.