EastEnders viewers were stunned by the unexpected departure of Nancy Carter (Maddy Hill) during Thursday’s (June, 23) episode just one year after returning to the Square.
She considered forgiving him but realised that their relationship would never be the same and decided to move to Manchester.
On top of that, Nancy couldn’t cope with her mum, Linda Carter’s (Kellie Bright) alcoholism, and realised that she couldn’t help or trust her any longer.
Nancy even contemplated taking her baby sister Annie with her due to Linda’s condition but she decided to leave Annie in Walford after Linda sobbed and refused to let her.
Talking to Digital Spy, the actress Maddy revealed: "It's been great revisiting Nancy and the Square over the past year but it felt like the right time to move on for now. I already miss everyone and feel so grateful to work with people I have so much love for."
A BBC spokesperson added: "We wish Maddy all the very best for the future.”
Nancy first appeared on the Square in 2014 and left in 2016 with her then-boyfriend Tamwar Masood (Himesh Patel) to travel the world.
The pair later got married in Australia and moved to New Zealand, but she returned to the Square last year, where it was revealed that Nancy and Tamwar were getting divorced.
Fans were gutted by her shock exit on Thursday and wished Maddy the best of luck in the future away from our screens...
Can't believe Nancy has left already! she's not been back very long! #EastEndersJune 25, 2022
As gutted as I am for nancy to leave, it makes sense for the character after all the drama since she's been back. She'll be missed!! #EastendersJune 25, 2022
am i the only one who cried at nancy leaving omg #eastendersJune 23, 2022
Just seen #Eastenders, sad to see Nancy leave she was one of my favourite characters first time round and it’s been so good to have her back. Wishing Maddy all the best for the future.June 23, 2022
Not gonna lie , I’m gutted Nancy has left , she was my favourite , but can’t wait to see what @maddy_hill90 gets up to in the future , fantastic actress and I’m sure good things are coming her way ❤️ #EastEndersJune 23, 2022
EastEnders continues tonight at 7:30pm on BBC One.
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Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides, recaps and features for must-watch shows and delivers all the latest soap news and reactions. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.
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