Actress Jasmyn Banks, who plays Alice Branning in EastEnders, is leaving the BBC soap.
A BBC spokesperson said: "We can confirm that Jasmyn will be leaving EastEnders later this year. We wish her all the best for the future."
Posting on Twitter, the actress said: "Thanks so much to everyone wishing me well you've made me smile, but fear not there's still a lot to come on screen for Alice #staytuned."
Alice will be heavily involved in the exit storyline of Michael Moon (Steve John Shepherd), with a show source telling Daily Star Sunday that fans will see "a completely different side to Alice".
"She will finally realise Michael has been using her and no one would ever be able to predict her reaction," the source added.