EastEnders confirm exit for Tanya Franks as Rainie Highway shows | soaps

Rainie says goodbye as her marriage to Stuart falls apart (Picture: BBC)

EastEnders have confirmed that there will be another exit from the show as Tanya Franks filmed her final scenes.

Viewers watched Rainie Highway make the decision to leave for a new life with baby Roland after her marriage to struggling Stuart (Ricky Champ) broke up.

Stuart suffered from postpartum depression and broke up with Rainie after Bernie (Clair Norris) made it clear she didn’t want to hand over baby Roland to them while Stuart was in this condition.

Knowing how much Rainie has always dreamed of being a mother, Stuart knew this was the way forward he wanted to take.

Viewers weren’t sure if Rainie would return, but there are currently no plans for the character’s return.

A source told Metro.co.uk that Rainie was written for storyline purposes but didn’t rule out a return in the future.

“Rainie has always been a character who regularly came and went on the show and of course the story got to a point where the character had some sort of ending.”

The departure is part of new boss Chris Clenshaw’s storyline-based cast changes within the show as a dramatic summer is promised.

Rainie and Stuart in EastEnders

A heartbreaking split for the popular couple (Picture: BBC)

The emotionally charged scenes may have ended things for the popular ‘Stainie’ couple, but with Ricky still filming, there’s no reason to think we won’t be seeing her again.

Metro.co.uk understands that the final scenes of Stuart won’t be played until the end of the year.

Since the nature of Rainie’s character is that she can come and go as the storyline dictates, could she come back for the final chapter of Stuart’s story?

An EastEnders spokesperson told us: ‘We wish Tanya all the best for the future.’

Rainie and Stuart are two of several characters being written out of the show.

Peter Beale and Dana Monroe are leaving this summer, while a farewell is also in store for Jada Lennox.

And in the coming months, a tragic storyline unfolds for Lola Pearce, as she has been confirmed to die of a brain tumor.

Additionally, Nancy Carter’s final scenes aired earlier this month and Danny Dyer is expected to depart in an “explosive” Christmas storyline.

Conversely, a new family has been cast for Mitch Baker that will make its first appearance next week, with Mo Harris returning for a stint as part of a story for the Slaters.

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