EastEnders LEGEND to exit soap and join Strictly Come Dancing 2024?

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Another EastEnders star could be heading to Strictly Come Dancing 2024. (Image credit: BBC)

EastEnders legend Shona McGarty is reportedly in talks to star on Strictly Come Dancing 2024.

Shona is set to exit the soap after playing Whitney Dean for 15 years, but now it looks like she could be showing off her fancy footwork on the Strictly ballroom this year.

A source told The Mirror: “Shona would be a great fit for the show. She’s a real favourite with soap fans, as well as being incredibly bubbly and good fun. She is also a big fan of Strictly but when she was approached for it the first time, she was really worried it might be too much for her.

“A few years on, she is a lot more confident and the timing is better, because she won’t have to juggle the show with her commitments to EastEnders.”

Shona had been approached by the show in 2021, but turned it down as “my anxiety got the better of me, and I thought I would be too nervous to do a live show."

Whitney Dean loses Britney

Shona McGarty as Whitney Dean in EastEnders. (Image credit: BBC)

Whitney's time in Walford has been swamped in misery ever since she first stepped onto the Square in 2008. 

It looked like she was about to get her well-deserved happy ending with her fiancé Zack Hudson (James Farrar) and their little family, but she is oblivious to the fact that he cheated on her with her best friend Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa).

When Bianca Jackson (Patsy Palmer) found out, she threatened to expose their fling, but was stopped when Whitney proposed to Zack.

A spanner was thrown in the works once again when Whitney went into labour just as Lauren was about to admit to the betrayal.

Whitney and Zack welcomed baby Dolly after the heartbreaking loss of their baby daughter Peachwho was diagnosed with Edwards' Syndrome

To add to their growing family, the couple also fostered neglected teen Britney Wainwright (Lola Campbell), who overheard Lauren and Zack discussing their rendezvous after Whitney had given birth at the hospital. 

Will she expose Zack's secret?

EastEnders airs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm on BBC One — see our TV Guide for full listings. You can also catch up on episodes on BBC iPlayer now. 

Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace was a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, and she now writes for our sister site TechRadar. 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.

You'll usually find her watching the drama unfold in the latest reality series or much-loved UK soaps (usually with chocolate by her side!). She's an expert in EastEnders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and everything reality-related from Selling Sunset and Married At First Sight UK to 90 Day Fiancé UK. Plus Netflix megahit Virgin River!

Grace also likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series.