EastEnders’ Mila actress Ruhtxjiaïh Bèllènéa leaving soap after just one year – sparking cast fears of mass axing


EASTENDERS actress Ruhtxjiaïh Bèllènéa is leaving the soap after just one year of playing Mila.

The star’s exit in the coming weeks comes shortly after her onscreen girlfriend Iqra, played by Priya Davdra, bid farewell to the square – leaving other cast members concerned for their future.

Ruhtxjiaïh Bèllènéa is biding farewell to the soap in the coming weeks
Mila was dating Iqra (R), who has also just left

A source said: “Ruhtxjiaïh was brought into the soap last year to be part of a very important FGM storyline.

“Her character’s time has run it’s course so it’s time for her move on.

“There has been a lot of change on the soap recently and other stars are getting concerned they could be part of the next shake-up.”

The changes come as Executive Producer Jon Sen has stepped down and has been replaced by Chris Clenshaw.

The past year has seen the departures of Maisie Smith, who plays Tiffany Butcher, and Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale).

Danny Dyer (Mick Carter) has also just announced he’s leaving the soap.

During her time on the BBC soap Mila saved her younger sister Kioni from being subjected to female genital mutilation.

Their mother ended up getting sent to jail so Kioni and Mila moved in to live with Kathy.

Mila was dating Muslim character Iqra and opened up about her struggles to her – revealing she was using a fake name because she didn’t want her family to find out she was gay.

Viewers were left fuming by Iqra’s sudden departure from the soap and felt she had a lot more to offer – in particular with the storyline surrounding the new mosque after the attempted terrorist attack.

During 2021, EastEnders ratings reached a new low, with just 1.7m tuning in for an episode in July.

Mila Mawra's sister Kioni joins Albert Square next week

Mila saved her younger sister from FGM