EastEnders star Lindsey Coulson has decided to leave the BBC One soap.
The actress will film her final scenes as fan favourite Carol Jackson in the next few weeks, the Daily Star Sunday reports.
“I’ve had a fantastic time playing the formidable Carol Jackson and although I’ll miss everything about EastEnders, I feel the time is right for me to move on. I’ve been involved in so many wonderful stories as Carol.” – Lindsey Coulson
Coulson has played the role of Carol across three stints, originally featuring as the Jackson matriarch from 1993-1997, with plots touching on financial hardship, family conflict, and infidelity. Following Coulson’s decision to quit the role, most of the family was written out of the soap after youngest son Billie was witness to an armed robbery.
Carol was reintroduced in 1999 to facilitate the departure of Patsy Palmer (on-screen daughter Bianca) from the show. The storyline saw the character move back to Walford and introduce Bianca to her new boyfriend Dan Sullivan, who Bianca recognised as a guy she’d had a fling with in her teens. Bianca and Dan rekindled their relationship with all hell breaking loose when Carol eventually discovered the affair. Bianca moved to Manchester, while Carol left the square to care for her sick mum weeks later.
Coulson joined the soap for a third stint in 2010 with Carol continuing to feature in dramatic storylines including the death of her son Billie from alcohol poisoning, battling breast cancer and unsuccessful reunions with childhood sweetheart David Wicks.
“EastEnders has always been so lucky to have an actress of Lindsey’s calibre in the company. We were thrilled when she signed for another year to play Carol’s breast cancer story – and Lindsey’s nuanced, brave and utterly real performance rightfully won her an award and praise from viewers, charities and women who have been through similar experiences to Carol.” – Executive Producer, Dominic Treadwell-Collins
While no details have been released about Carol’s final scenes, it is thought the door will be left open for a potential return.
(Pictured: Top: Coulson in her current stint as Carol, Middle: The Jackson family in 1993 with Carol first left)