Four EastEnders stars have been axed as part of a huge shake-up from show bosses. Kierston Wareing (Kirsty Branning) is perhaps the biggest name to be told she is out of a job, weeks after the actress herself said that she doesn’t plan on sticking around for too long.
Phaldut Sharma, who plays AJ Ahmed, is also on the way out, as is Rachel Bright, the thesp who plays Poppy Meadow.
Super-villain Carl White, played by Daniel Coonan, will also be seen bowing out within the next few months. All four characters will shoot their final scenes this side of Christmas.
A spokesperson for the show said: “We can confirm these actors will be leaving EastEnders. We wish them all the best.”
Ratings for the show have been drastically slipping in recent weeks, and bosses are said to hope that shaking up the cast will help bring back lost viewers.