Lacey Turner quits EastEnders

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It’s bad news for EastEnders fans – the BBC has confirmed that Lacey Turner is calling it a day. The 22-year-old is leaving the popular soap after five years as troubled Stacey Branning (née Slater).

The news comes just a few weeks after the loss of actor Charlie Clements who played her screen husband Bradley.

During her stint on the show, Lacey won numerous awards for her brilliant portrayal of Stacey; she was Inside Soap’s Best Young Actor in 2005 and TV Quick and Choice’s Best Soap Newcomer  in the same year – and that’s just for starters.

The actress has picked up a brace of awards over the years including Best Actress at the British Soap Awards, Ultimate TV Actress at the Cosmopolitan: Woman of the Year awards and Best Serial Drama Performance at the National Television Awards.

It appears that Lacey’s after something else to get her teeth into. She said: “I’m so lucky to have had such challenging storylines. I’ll miss everyone in Albert Square, but the time has come to try something different.” Lacey will have a big storyline before she leaves but she will not be killed off. The door will be left open for her to return.

How do you feel about this news? Are you sad to lose Stacey Branning so quickly after Bradley and with Barbara Windsor’s Peggy ducking out soon? How do you think Stacey should be written out? Have your say by leaving a comment but please keep it clean.

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20 Responses to Lacey Turner quits EastEnders

  1. Yvonne says:

    I cannot believe this !!!! East enders will not be the same without stacy sooooooooo sad your leaving however I wish you all the best for your future I\’m sure we will all see you again . Your BRILLIANT xx

  2. maria says:

    While I like Lacey\’s character, I do think it is a good time for her to bow out – especially as it\’s something that she wants anyway. Given that Stacey and Bradley were each other\’s "great loves" I think it\’s highly unlikely that Stacey could stay around and just get on with things in the way that soap characters do. It\’s more realistic that she leave than be in a new romance by christmas and pregnant by new year and having an affair by Easter.

  3. jane says:

    Very sorry to hear Stacy is leaving the square,wont be the same without you Stacy. There seems to be alot leaving the square this year, whats going on?

  4. terry says:

    Hallelujah! Whilst she is a good actress, there are better ones out there who should have won the awards too. Didnt like her character much either, too intense and so over the top. She\’s been off the screens for a few weeks recently (probably to allow "the bump" to grow) but I can\’t say I\’ve missed her. Sorry Lacey.

  5. Stephanie says:

    I\’ll miss seeing Stacey on Eastenders but I\’m glad they are keeping the door open for her return! ALSO, i can\’t wait to see Alfie and Kat back in the Square – no missing out on any slater\’ness!!! 😀

  6. nick says:

    Oh no! They\’re losing so many good characters this year and the loss of that producer what\’s his deiricts santar or summit, he was ace for Enders. Awww. Chelsea gone too and Peggy. Sigh

  7. Jane says:

    So let\’s face facts. We\’re losing Stacey OMG If we lose Janing Eastenders is over. I have watched every episode since the beginning, even recording when I\’m out of the country. But these 2 characters are the fun in the programme. Losing either of them is a tragedy. On another note… Good luck Lacey. You truly are a star.

  8. carly says:

    omg she is such a good actor and i hope i can follow in her footsteps one day i will miss not seeing her on eastenders but hope she gets another job she likes. good luck lacey xx

  9. Sophie 'Stick' says:

    I think she should get found out for the murder of Archie and go to jail .. that\’s probably what\’ll happen anywayz! But I will really miss her x..x..x

  10. Kristina Saul says:

    I was absolutly gutted to hear this. Lacey is a fantastic actress and she should be proud of her talents.I was even more gutted at the fact Bradly (Charlie) left the street, he was one of my favvies…I will miss ya Stacey… Eastenders is not going to be the same. I think it is my turn to turn away from the street.

  11. Pamela says:

    A started tae like Stacey\’s character when she had tae go and look after her sick mum in her old house, then her storylines after tht were brilliant and it also kept me glued tae the tele were her storylines were getting more better.Her storylines were absolutely interesting also, but a think the time has come tht there are no more storylines as bizarre as the ones she\’s had, but a hope she returns again with more bizarre, interesting and extreme storylines in a couple of years time. x

  12. Bekkaaa says:

    Staceyy was the bestt in eastenderss.. all the good characters aree leavingg :\'( Its not gunna be the same without her.. shes an amaziing actress !! ii hope one day she comes backk .. liike kat and alfie 🙂 x

  13. Eve ♥ says:

    What i think should happen when she leaves the police should find out that Stacy killed Archie and then has to go to prison and comes back in a few years or NEVER!!! I loved Stacey she was trthe beest actrees on Eastenders :\'( I WILL MISS YOU EVERYONE WILL MISS YOU 😛 🙂

  14. Victoria says:

    didnt leave think bout ur mom

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  16. paul says:

    I think eastenders will loose one off the best actors they have had,since grant,den & angie.But a good story line for her to go out would be for her to have a lesbian affair with moe or bradeys mum.STACEY is one not to forget, just one of the best !!!!!!!!!!!!!xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  17. Natalie says:

    eastenders wont be the same with all these people leaving this year :~(

  18. Zoe says:

    Omg noooo Stacey, shes like one of the best characters ever! its not going to be the same anymore.. its killing eastenders, all good actors and actresses are leaving… p.s .. i think spencer and alfie moon should come back ! 🙂

  19. Eve ♥ says:

    I agree!!! x

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