“I will always treasure my time on the show.”
Rose Ayling-Ellis will retire from her role as Frankie Lewis, according to EastEnders executives.
The first deaf actor to portray a regular deaf character on the BBC soap, Rose joined the show in 2020.
Frankie has been involved in a number of significant plotlines, such as the revelation that she is Mick’s daughter after he was molested as a youngster.
This fall, Frankie will depart as a part of a brand-new, “essential” plot. Rose’s last sequences have already been shot.
When asked about her departure, Rose said: “Being EastEnders’ first regular deaf actor has been tremendously amazing.
“I’ve enjoyed working on the program, and playing Frankie has been a blast. But I feel like the moment is right for me to move on, and I’m eager and prepared for fresh difficulties.
“I will always cherish my time on the show and all the fantastic individuals I’ve worked with, who have helped me develop as an actor over the past two years and given me so many incredible experiences.I am eager for audiences to watch Frankie’s leave tale because I believe it is an extremely significant one that will resonate with many people.
Chris Clenshaw, executive producer of EastEnders, said: “Rose has always been a tremendous asset to EastEnders, not just as a fantastic actor but also as an excellent company member, even though I have only had the pleasure of working with her for a short period of time.
“Rose has distinguished herself as a member of the Carter family in significant stories, such as learning she is Mick Carter’s daughter as a result of child abuse, and she will soon take on the crucial topic of spotlighting women’s safety on the streets.
Rose is a great trailblazer, and we at EastEnders are so proud of everything she has accomplished. We wish her nothing but the best.
Fans are aware that Danny Dyer, who played Mick Carter, is also departing the show, and Maddy Hill, who played his on-screen daughter Nancy, left earlier this summer.
As part of a cast reorganization, the roles of Ricky Champ (Stuart Highway), Dayle Hudson (Peter Beale), Barbara Smith (Dana Monroe), and Kelsey Calladine-Smith (Jada Lennox) were all written out.
Danielle Harold is departing the show as part of a devastating plot for Lola, while Tanya Franks recently announced her retirement from her role as Rainie.