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Rose Ayling-Ellis will step down from her role as Frankie Lewis, according to EastEnders' executives.
Rose became the first deaf actor to play a regular deaf character on the BBC soap in 2020.
Frankie has been a part of a number of important stories, including her discovering that she is Mick's daughter after he was abused as a child.
Frankie will not be performing this autumn as part of a "important" new plot. Rose has already shot her final scenes.
Rose said of her leaving in EastEnders: "It's been such a pleasure to be the first regular deaf actor on the show."
Frankie has been such a fun character to play. However, now is the perfect time for me to move on, and I am excited and ready for more challenges.
"I will always treasure my time on the program and all of the amazing people I have worked with, who have supported my growth as an actor over the previous two years and made me so many wonderful memories." I am excited for viewers to see Frankie's departure storyline; I believe it's a really important one that will resonate with a wide spectrum of people."
Chris Clenshaw, EastEnders executive producer, said, "I have only had the pleasure to work with Rose for a short time, but she has always been an incredible asset to EastEnders, not just as a phenomenal actor, but also as an amazing employee."
Rose has shone in important narratives, such as discovering she is Mick Carter's daughter as a result of child mistreatment, and she will soon tackle the issue of women's safety on the streets.
"We at EastEnders are incredibly proud of everything Rose has achieved. She is a true pioneer, and we wish her every success."
Danny Dyer, who played Nancy on the television, is also getting rid of his role as Mick Carter, according to fans, while Maddy Hill, who played his on-screen daughter Nancy, also left earlier in the summer.
As part of a cast shake-up, Ricky Champ (Stuart Highway), Dayle Hudson (Peter Beale), Barbara Smith (Dana Monroe), and Kelsey Calladine-Smith (Jada Lennox) were all written out.
Tanya Franks has recently stepped down from her role as Rainie, while Danielle Harold is leaving the show as part of a heartbreaking tale for Lola.
EastEnders airs on BBC One Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7.30pm, and it is available for streaming on BBC iPlayer.
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