Why is Gurlaine Kaur Garcha leaving EastEnders as Ash Panesar?

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THE Panesar clan is facing potential danger next week but will soon be losing one of its members.

EastEnders star Gurlaine Kaur Garcha will soon be leaving the BBC One soap. Find out why.

Soap actress Gurlaine Kaur Garcha is set for an explosive exit

She is well-known for portraying the role of Ash Panesar, Suki Panesar’s daughter

But why is she leaving the BBC One program?

Why is Gurlaine Kaur Garcha leaving EastEnders?

News of Gurlaine’s upcoming exit was made official by a spokesperson for the London-based program on Monday (January 30, 2023).

“We can confirm that Gurlaine will be leaving EastEnders, and we wish her all of the best for the future”, they said, leaving soap fans in the dark.

But speculation about the Ash Panesar star‘s departure began before the announcement on social media.

Gurlaine made it clear she could be leaving Albert Square when she shared new snapshots on her Instagram account.

At the time, the 29-year-old simply claimed she was “Excited for what’s to come”, but gave no further details.

However, she confirmed she signed with New York talent agency Framework Entertainment through this same post.

Could Gurlaine be trying her luck at fame across the Atlantic?

When is Gurlaine Kaur Garcha leaving EastEnders?

Gurlaine is said to still be on the Elstree Centre set of the long-running drama in Borehamwood.

According to the EastEnders representative, she will be filming her last scenes in upcoming months.

While no precise date for her exit has yet been given, one source told HOAR fans can expect twists and turns along the way.

All of them will be leading to a dramatic departure, in true Walford fashion.

“She’ll film her final scenes in the coming months and in typical EastEnders style it will be unmissable”, the source said.

Viewers can only wait until Gurlaine bows out.

How long has Gurlaine Kaur Garcha been in EastEnders?

The actress’ upcoming exit will put an end to several years of explosive and sometimes heart-breaking drama.

As fans will indubitably remember, Gurlaine made her EastEnders debut in August, 2019, as Suki and Nish Panesar’s daughter Ash.

The sister of Kheerat, Jags and Vinny Panesar, Ash was also thrown into the spotlight as Iqra Ahmed‘s bisexual Sikh girlfriend. 

During less than four years, Gurlaine’s on-screen alter ego has had the chance to explore her sexuality, much to the discomfort and disapproval of her cold-hearted mother Suki.

This wouldn’t be the first time Gurlaine leaves our screens as Ash made a swift exit last year after being injured in a homophobic attack from Neil Hughes’ hate group but she eventually returned.

How will her seemingly final exit play out?

EastEnders airs from Monday to Thursday on BBC One.

Ash often butted heads with her mother Suki

She also explored her sexuality throughout her years in Walford