EastEnders has confirmed that Maisie Smith will be leaving the BBC One soap and that she filmed her final scenes as Tiffany Butcher on Friday.
The actress, 20, first joined Albert Square as Tiffany in 2008 when she was just six years old and she will depart Walford towards the end of the year after 13 years.
It has been a turbulent few weeks for Tiffany on the BBC One soap due to the breakdown of her marriage to Keegan Baker and the return of her brother Liam. It is not known how the character will be leaving Albert Square.
Maisie said of the news: "It’s time to say farewell to Tiff! I’ve grown up on EastEnders since 2008, and have learnt from the best over the past 13 years.
"I’m very excited for my next challenge and thank the BBC for the opportunity they gave me as a 6 year old."
While show producer Jon Sen added: "We are all very sad to see Maisie leave. She's been a wonderful company member during her time at EastEnders and it's been a privilege to see her blossom into the star she is.
"She has created an iconic character in Tiff and the door is always open to her return. We wish her all the very best for her future projects."
It is not know what Maisie's future projects are but the star competed in the 2020 series of Strictly Come Dancing and she has a very successful TikTok account with 2.2million followers.
EastEnders also took to social media to share an emotional video of Maisie's last day where she was handed gifts by cast and crew on set.
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The actress appeared emotional as she bid farewell, joking: "I'm sure I'll be back!"
EastEnders captioned the clip with: "Today was a sad day on the set of #EastEnders as we said goodbye to the amazing @maisie_smith_ , who finished filming her final scene as the iconic Tiffany Butcher-Baker.
"But we couldn’t let her go without a small surprise and a proper Walford farewell – take a look here."
Soap fans were left devastated over the news as they wished Maisie good luck and said they hoped she would return at some point in the future.
One person said: "NOOOOOOO! @maisie_smith_ will be missed! I'm sure she has a blazingly bright future ahead of her, but I hope we see her back in Walford again! BRAVO Maisie! #EastEnders."
EastEnders continues on BBC One.
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