It looks like EastEnders star Danielle Harold has been axed from the long-running soap after 11 years of playing Lola Pearce on and off.
A source has told The Sun that the axing is part of a massive shake-up for the show, and 30 year old Danielle was said to be “teary” and “in pieces” after the shock firing, which she reportedly didn’t see coming.
The source claimed that she had not expected to be given the chop as her character is popular with the show’s viewers.
The insider also revealed that the show’s bosses are not planning for the character to return, which more than likely means that the character is set to be killed off.
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Despite being devastated at the cut, Danielle is said to be throwing herself into the character’s exit.
A source said: “Dan was in pieces. The cull came out of the blue.
“She was not expecting the chop because her character has been a firm favourite with viewers. She’ll be written out with no option to return.”
The source continued: “Danielle was teary but was told a number of the cast were being shown the door.
“No-one else has been given their marching orders yet however.
“The rest of the cast are rallying around her.”
They went on: “She handled the news like a true pro and is eager to throw herself into the storyline.”
The cut apparently comes as part of new EastEnders boss Chris Clenshaw’s plan to shake-up the show with a series of explosive storylines.
The sourse said that the popular BBC soap is planning a big storyline for Lola’s departure from the show, although nothing has yet been given away about it.
Danielle first arrived onto the famous square in Walford in 2011 as Billy Mitchell’s granddaughter, and the teenage character found herself pregnant, which ended up being a gripping storyline for faithful viewers of the soap.
She played the character until 2015 before leaving and returning again in 2019.
Danielle has yet to publicly comment on the rumours of her departure from the show, and she’s remained silent on social media.
The last time she posted on Instagram was a few days ago, when she shared a stunning snap to celebrate turning 30.
OK! has contacted BBC and Danielle’s representatives for comment.
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