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Maisie Smith quits EastEnders as Tiffany Butcher after 13 years on BBC soap

Maisie Smith QUITS EastEnders role as Tiffany Butcher after 13 years on the BBC soap ‘following a number of big money offers for other projects’


Maisie Smith has quit her role as Tiffany Butcher in BBC soap EastEnders.

The actress, 20, has appeared on the show for 13 years, after joining at the age of six in 2008, but decided to leave after reportedly getting a number of big money offers for other projects.

She said: ‘It’s time to say farewell to Tiff! I’ve grown up on EastEnders since 2008, and have learnt from the best over the past 13 years.   

End of an era: Maisie Smith, 20, has quit her role as Tiffany Butcher in BBC soap EastEnders after 13 years on the show

‘I’m very excited for my next challenge and thank the BBC for the opportunity they gave me as a six-year-old.’

EastEnders’ Executive Producer Jon Sen added: ‘We are all very sad to see Maisie leave.

‘She’s been a wonderful company member during her time at EastEnders and it’s been a privilege to see her blossom into the star she is.

Screen star: Maisie joined EastEnders at the age of six in 2008, but decided to leave after getting a number of big money offers for other projects

Screen star: Maisie joined EastEnders at the age of six in 2008, but decided to leave after getting a number of big money offers for other projects

‘She has created an iconic character in Tiff and the door is always open to her return.

‘We wish her all the very best for her future projects.’

The Sun have reported that Maisie chose not to renew her contract this time because she looked to pursue other projects elsewhere. 

Maisie has reportedly previously been offered six-figure deals with clothing and beauty brands following her successful Strictly stint, however her contract with the BBC meant she had to decline them. 

Maisie finished runner-up on Strictly Come Dancing last year after competing with professional Gorka Marquez, 31.

Farewell: She said: 'It¿s time to say farewell to Tiff! I¿ve grown up on EastEnders since 2008, and have learnt from the best over the past 13 years'

Farewell: She said: ‘It’s time to say farewell to Tiff! I’ve grown up on EastEnders since 2008, and have learnt from the best over the past 13 years’

Shocking: She has been involved in a number of key storylines on the soap, including a shocking grooming plot in 2019

Shocking: She has been involved in a number of key storylines on the soap, including a shocking grooming plot in 2019

Twinkle toes: Maisie finished runner-up on Strictly Come Dancing last year after competing with professional Gorka Marquez, 31

Twinkle toes: Maisie finished runner-up on Strictly Come Dancing last year after competing with professional Gorka Marquez, 31 

The star won Best Dramatic Performance from a Young Actor or Actress at the British Soap Awards in 2008, a year after joining EastEnders.

She has been involved in a number of key storylines on the soap, including a shocking grooming plot in 2019.

Maisie’s contract previously prevented her from appearing on other shows but she told The Sun last year she was keen to try other things.

She said: ‘In the future I want to try new things and I want to play new characters.’

The soap star’s final scenes are yet to air.

EastEnders continues on Monday on BBC One at 8.05pm. 

New beginnings: Maisie previously told The Sun: 'In the future I want to try new things and I want to play new characters'

New beginnings: Maisie previously told The Sun: ‘In the future I want to try new things and I want to play new characters’

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