EastEnders: Danielle Harold is leaving Lola Pearce role

"I’ll miss everyone here and am looking forward to the future," said the actress

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Actress Danielle Harold is to exit EastEnders after four years playing Lola Pearce.

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Twenty-three year-old Harold first came to prominence on C4’s Jamie’s Dream School before landing the role of Billy Mitchell’s granddaughter on the BBC1 soap.

She debuted on EastEnders in July 2011, with her most major storyline to date being Lola’s live birth during 2012 as Billy carried the Olympic torch around Albert Square. Lola then went on to fight for custody of her daughter Lexi against Phil Mitchell, whose son Ben is the child’s biological father.

But Lola will now exit Walford because the character has been written out. Speaking about her departure, Harold said: “I’ve had the most amazing time at EastEnders having been involved in some exciting storylines including giving birth in a live scene. I’ll miss everyone here and am looking forward to the future.”

Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins added: “We all love Danielle and she and Lola have been a big part of EastEnders over the past four years. Danielle is a fantastic actress and I genuinely look forward to seeing her shine in future roles away from the Square.”

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below.

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