EastEnders fans are being hit with a double blow thanks to Nancy Carter (Maddy Hill) and Tamwar Masood (Himesh Patel) both leaving the BBC1 soap.
It is understood that the characters are to exit in the coming weeks, although show bosses are remaining tight lipped as to whether the former lovers will rekindle their relationship before leaving E20 behind.
Nancy will be seen reeling next week when baby brother Ollie is hospitalised after he suffers a seizure at home. But will she turn back to Tamwar for support as tensions rise in the Carter household?
Maddy Hill has been playing Nancy since January 2014, while Himesh Patel has been a regular as Tamwar since 2007.
Speaking about making the decision to leave last year, Hill said: “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.”
“After almost nine years with Tamwar, it’s time to bid him farewell and explore pastures new,” said Himesh Patel, who announced his departure alongside Maddy and revealed that he also made the decision last year.
“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.”
Tamwar and Nancy’s exit scenes will air in the next few weeks.