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    Posted: 29 Apr 2010 at 14:46
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Published: Today

EASTENDERS star Lacey Turner is quitting Albert Square - to pursue a career in movies.

The actress, telly's bitchy Stacey Slater, has handed in her notice to the soap's new boss Bryan Kirkwood.

She will end her five-year stint on the BBC1 hit after more dramatic storylines this year. But the door is being left open for her to return if she wants.

Gillian Wright, who plays her mum Jean, is also on her way.

Lacey, 22, hopes to land a part in a major costume drama before moving on to other films.

She said last night: "I've had the most fantastic time at EastEnders. Stacey's been a brilliant role - as has being part of the feisty Slater family.

Axed ... Charlie Slater

"I'm so lucky to have had such challenging storylines, from the affair with Max and being diagnosed as bipolar, to the shock of being revealed as Archie's killer in the live episode.

"I'll miss everyone in Albert Square, but the time has come to try something different."

Market trader Stacey, who joined in 2004, is one of the soap's most popular characters.

About 16.5million people saw her confess to Archie Mitchell's murder in February's live show soon after hubby Bradley, who she wed twice, fell to his death.

Chopped ... Minty

News of Lacey's departure follows The Sun's revelation this month that executive producer Bryan was axeing several major characters - including Minty Peterson and Stacey's uncle Charlie.

Others off are Libby Fox, Danny Mitchell and Adam Best. Meanwhile Tiana Benjamin (Chelsea Fox) is quitting - along with Barbara Windsor, the show's Peggy Mitchell.

Lacey's agent Sharon Harris last night revealed the actress had decided to leave last year.

She said: "She discussed going last summer but signed one more contract.

"EastEnders offered more incredible storylines and the live episode, but she feels it's time to move on."

Enders boss Bryan said: "We'll be very sad to see Lacey leave, she's one of TV's best young actresses. The door will be left open for her to return."

Actress Gillian, 49, said: "It's been an honour to play Jean."

The Sun

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