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Exit ahead for Michelle Fowler as Jenna Russell bows out of iconic role


Michelle Fowler is set to depart Albert Square once again in the coming weeks as Jenna Russell has opted to leave EastEnders.

The legendary character – who first appeared in the very first episode of the soap in 1985, then played by Sue Tully – is leaving Walford yet again.

Russell had perhaps one of the most difficult jobs in the show’s history – stepping into the shoes of the already iconic Michelle and giving her own spin to the character.


Since her return, Michelle’s storylines have included a relationship with her 17 year-old American student Preston, a love triangle with her niece Bex Fowler, and being stalked by newcomer Tom.

An EastEnders spokesperson said: “Jenna is a terrific actress who has loved her time on the show playing Michelle and it was a mutual decision to write the character out. We wish Jenna all the best for the future.

Denying rumours she was axed, Russell tweeted: “Just for clarity, I wasn’t ‘axed’, just fancied doing something else. Nothing else.”

EastEnders airs Michelle’s exit this Summer.

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