Maddy Hill and Himesh Patel are leaving EastEnders

© BBC / Jack Barnes
© BBC / Jack Barnes

EastEnders’ Maddy Hill, who plays Nancy Carter, and Himesh Patel, who plays Tamwar Masood, are both to leave EastEnders later this year.

Patel has played his character for almost nine years, whilst Hill has played hers for over two years.

Announcing her decision, Hill exclusively told Digital Spy: “It was time for Nancy to take a break from her family and me from EastEnders after having a wonderful time working on the show.

“I was surrounded by a terrific team both on and off camera and I shall miss seeing them all on a daily basis, especially the fabulous Carter family.”

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© BBC / Jack Barnes

Maddy Hill as Nancy Carter

Patel added: “After almost nine years with Tamwar, it’s time to bid him farewell and explore pastures new.

“I’m looking forward to new challenges, perhaps on the stage or behind the camera. Whatever awaits me, I’ll miss my family at EastEnders immensely – they’ve watched me grow from boy to man and supported me every step of the way. It’s been a true privilege to work alongside them.”

© BBC / Gary Moyes
© BBC / Gary Moyes

Both actors are understood to have decided to leave the show last Summer, with their final scenes airing later this year.

EastEnders continues on Monday at 8pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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