The actress’s final scenes as Carmel Kazemi will air later this year.

The character has recently been at the centre of a dramatic storyline in the BBC soap after losing her youngest son Shakil to knife crime.

“We can confirm Bonnie will be leaving EastEnders later this year. She has been a fantastic addition to the cast and we wish her all the very best for the future.” – EastEnders spokesperson

Overbearing granny Carmel has also been the bane of Stacey Fowler’s (Lacey Turner) life, and been cruelly exploited by Max Branning (Jake Wood) during her time in Albert Square, the latter seeing Max woo Carmel into revealing confidential council information which he then used to facilitate Weyland & Co’s quest to take over Walford.

Carmel’s son Shakil (Shaheen Jafargholi) was stabbed in shocking scenes back in May after intervening when his friend Keegan Baker (Zack Morris) stole a bike. EastEnders broke from the norm for Shakil’s funeral episode which featured real people talking to camera about their losses to knife crime.

“I have had a wonderful three and a half years at EastEnders and it’s been a privilege to be part of such an iconic show.

 

“My current storyline has been an incredible experience and I’m honoured to be part of something so powerful and poignant.

 

“However as I’ve known since the beginning of this storyline, it would always lead to Carmel having to take a break from Walford. I’m not leaving just yet though and there is still plenty more to come from Carmel.” – Bonnie Langford

Metro.co.uk, who first reported on the actress’s departure, say that bosses plan to leave the door open for her. 

Bonnie is best known for her stage roles in Chicago and Cats and her iconic role of Mel Bush, Doctor Who’s assistant. She has already landed her first post EastEnders part as Dorothy Brock in musical 42nd Street from September.

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