EastEnders’ Luisa Bradshaw-White quits soap as Tina Carter after seven years

EastEnders actress Luisa Bradshaw-White has revealed she is leaving the soap, seven years after she was first cast as Tina Carter.

The 45-year-old soap star explained she was excited for "new adventures" having made the decision to leave, bidding farewell to her role on the soap.

Breaking the news on Instagram, she said: "Finally the time has come to say goodbye to my EastEnders family. I am leaving EE at the end of the year!

"After 7 awesome years it’s time for me to move on and get excited about other projects! I have had the most amazing time on EE and will miss the cast and crew so much.

"But I am also completely excited about the new adventures that await me."

Reaching out to her onscreen family, she continued: "It’s been an amazing ride. Being part of the 30th anniversary, the live eps, the Carter family, working every day with my best friends. @officialdannydyer @Kelliebrightofficial and #LindaHenry I love you more than anything in the world.

"Thank you to all the awesome and loyal fans for your support and love of Tina. I have appreciated it so much. Keep watching there is lots of drama to come!"

Her co-stars, such as Adam Woodyatt and Louisa Lytton, shared the love below the post, making it clear Luisa would be missed backstage.

Having joined the soap in November 2013, Tina has become a beloved fixture in Albert Square over recent years, at the heart of several moving storylines.

However, the scenes leading up to her exit plot could be her most traumatic yet, as she witnesses her younger brother Mick face up to the demons of his past.

Tina is currently caught up in an emotional storyline in Walford, after the arrival of newcomer Frankie Lewis (Rose Ayling-Ellis) in the East End.

Recent scenes revealed Frankie is her niece, fathered by her brother Mick Carter when he was sexually abused by their care worker during their childhood.

While Tina has fond memories of their care worker, Katy Lewis, Mick is haunted by the past, as he comes to terms with the fact he was abused.

Eastenders airs on Mondays at 8.05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm and Fridays at 8.30pm on BBC One.

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