EASTENDERS has lost another cast member after a character quit Walford for good in this week’s episodes.
WARNING THIS STORY CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR EPISODES OF THE BBC SOAP THAT HAVE YET TO AIR ON TELEVISION.
Rainie Cross – who is played by actress Tanya Franks in the BBC soap – has left Albert Square with baby Roland.
Viewers know she had been separated from her son after husband Stuart abandoned him during his secret post-natal depression battle.
He dropped the baby off with surrogate Bernie leaving Rainie devastated.
But after growing tired of caring for the baby she only had as a surrogate, Bernie laid down an ultimatum to Rainie.
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She told her: “I shouldn’t be the only one putting Roland first.
“You do not get to make him suffer because your marriage is falling apart.”
Heading home, Rainie realised she was right and raged at Mitch for what Stuart had done – even though he is suffering from post-natal depression.
Stuart told her she should take Bernie’s deal and leave him to give Roland the home and life that he deserved.
Rainie was completely devastated but decided to take the deal.
Sitting Stuart down she gave him an ultimatum – to get help and join her and Roland – otherwise she would leave Walford for good.
But as Rainie waited surrounded by Callum, Violet, Bernie and Mitch, Stuart was a no show.
“The most important now is my innocent little boy,” Rainie said.
“Your faces, I’ll be fine.”
She climbed into a cab with Roland and her bags and left Walford for good.
And HOAR can confirm actress Tanya Franks has quit the soap after four years.
She becomes the latest star to leave after Nancy Carter star Maddy Hill quit last week.
And HOAR exclusively revealed that the summer will see four more exits from Walford.
Stuart Highway actor Ricky Champ will be leaving the soap after four years – following Tanya’s exit.
He will be joined by Dayle Hudson, who has played Ian Beale’s son Peter since 2020.