EastEnders: Grant, Mark, Courtney and Jay all leave Walford as Mitchell drama reaches its climax

A week of high drama in E20 ended with four characters packing their bags

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The Mitchell clan is looking depleted tonight thanks to a dramatic episode of EastEnders that saw four family members leave.

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Scenes just broadcast on the BBC1 soap saw Grant return to Portugal in the company of his daughter Courtney, while Mark went back home to America. Viewers also witnessed Jay pack his bags after admitting that he no longer felt welcome in Albert Square. But is this the last we’ll see of him? Surely not!?

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Earlier in the episode, fans were left wondering whether Grant would reveal to Mark that he is his biological father. After deciding not to, Mark eventually went on to work out the truth out for himself, although Grant remains unaware that his son is now in full possession of the facts.

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Before exiting Walford once again, a penniless Grant managed to find time for a heart to heart with brother Phil, who handed him a wad of cash to help his sibling start over. But speaking recently, actor and documentary maker Ross Kemp revealed that he doesn’t believe we’ll be seeing Grant again anytime soon:

“I think they’re done with me,” he told Digital Spy. “When they invited me back, it was under an old producer – they’ve not mentioned to me that they want me to go back again.”

Actress Alice Noakes, who plays Courtney, also revealed that she had completed her filming on the show: “I’m in for a few episodes and we’ll have to see about the future. I had such a fun time filming there.”

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Back on the Square, though, there still looks to be plenty of drama ahead for the Mitchells currently remaining in E20.

Friday’s cliffhanger saw Ben decide to be a live liver donor for Phil, while an upcoming storyline will lead to the departure of both Ronnie and Roxy – actresses Samantha Womack and Rita Simons having made a mutual decision with show bosses to go as part of a joint exit plotline.

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

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