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EastEnders airs surprise exit of Belinda Slater as Carli Norris bows out of the soap


EastEnders surprised viewers on Friday night as another character departed the Square.

Belinda Slater, played by Carli Norris, made the spontaneous decision to go travelling with her best friend from school.

The actress joined the soap in January for a guest stint and, after proving popular with viewers, became a permanent character in the Spring of this year.

Her storylines have included dealing with and coming to terms with her father Charlie Slater’s death and holding her sister Kat responsible, opening up her own beauty salon Elysium and, more recently, enjoying a brief romance with Masood Ahmed, who is also leaving the show.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 05/01/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 12/01/2016 - Episode: 5210 (No. 5210) - Picture Shows: ***FORTNIGHTLIES PLEASE DO NOT USE (SOAP LIFE and ALL ABOUT SOAP) Kat and Belinda argue about Charlie's death.  Kat Moon (JESSIE WALLACE), Belinda (Carli Norris), Mo Harris (LAILA MORSE), Alfie Moon (SHANE RICHIE) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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Belinda and her on-screen family.

On her exit, Norris tweeted: “Thank you to all those of you who supported me as Belinda! I loved her and hope to be back one day…but for now, Adieu!”

Belinda is one of the many in a long line of characters currently being written out of the soap by new executive producer Sean O’Connor – who will also be overseeing the exits of fan favourites such as Roxy and Ronnie Mitchell.

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

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  • Eileen Dick

    would have liked to have seen her butt horns with her cousin Kat, there was a lot more potential there, Pat Butcher has gone, Kat too, we need a fiesty female, they are all a bit drippy–Carmel, Denise, Kim, Kathy, especially “the Orange One”-and I dont mean Trump! Load of wimp females!