Maisie Smith is leaving her role as Tiffany Butcher in EastEnders.
The show’s official twitter account posted a behind-the-scenes video of the actress after she had filmed her final scenes for the saga.
“It’s time to say farewell to Tiff. I’ve grown up on EastEnders since 2008, and have learnt from the best over the past 13 years. I’m very excited for my next challenge and thank the BBC for the opportunity they gave me as a 6-year-old.” – Maisie Smith
The character of Tiffany will remain on screen for now as the show is recorded several weeks in advance. It’s not yet known how she will bow out of Walford.
Tiffany is currently nursing a broken heart after finding out that her husband Keegan Baker (Zack Morris) cheated on her with her friend Dotty Cotton (Milly Zero).
“We are all very sad to see Maisie leave. She’s been a wonderful company member during her time at EastEnders and it’s been a privilege to see her blossom into the star she is. She has created an iconic character in Tiff and the door is always open to her return. We wish her all the very best for her future projects.” – Jon Sen, Executive Producer
Maisie first appeared in the BBC One serial in April 2008 when she was just six years old. She immediately made an impression as the cute, yet cheeky Tiffany – daughter of Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen) and Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer).
Tiffany moved away to Milton Keynes with her mum in 2014, however she made a brief return to Walford a couple of years later when her sister Whitney (Shona McGarty) tied the knot with Lee Carter (Danny Hatchard).
Maisie re-joined the soap on a full-time basis in 2018, and Tiffany has since been embroiled in a hard-hitting county lines storyline as well as her teenage marriage to Keegan.
Maisie took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2020 where she finished runner-up with Gorka Marquez. She was rumoured to be considering an EastEnders departure earlier this year, but the Beeb did not confirm or deny the reports at the time.