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'EastEnders' Jean Slater actress Gillian Wright to leave

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EastEnders actress Gillian Wright is to leave the soap after eight years as Jean Slater.

The 53-year-old is shooting her final scenes this week, with her last moments on screen due to air in October.

Gillian Wright as Jean Slater

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Wright first appeared on the BBC soap as Jean Slater in late 2004, before being made a regular member in 2007.

The actress has won several awards - including 'Best Actress' at the 2012 Inside Soap Awards - for her portrayal of Jean, who has bipolar disorder.

Jean's departure from Albert Square is thought to be linked with newcomer Ollie. As the pair continue to grow close, Jean deliberates over telling him about her condition.

Jean and Ollie end their date with a kiss.

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Jean's departure is thought to be linked to Ollie



In a statement, the actress said: "It has been a huge privilege to play Jean Slater these last eight years.

"I treasure the viewers' care and love for the character not only through her hard times but through all the laughter too.

"I will miss EastEnders enormously, but it is time for me to step back and enjoy other acting challenges.

"I would love Jean to return to The Square one day, so let's hope this is not goodbye, but au revoir."

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