EastEnders: Jasmyn Banks to exit as Alice Branning

The death of Michael Moon is set to pave the way for Alice's departure later this year

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EastEnders actress Jasmyn Banks, who plays Alice Branning, is to leave the BBC1 soap.

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Banks, 22, first appeared in Albert Square back in May 2012, but will leave this autumn as part of a plotline that will also see the death of Michael Moon (Steve John Shepherd).

A spokesperson for the show said today: “We can confirm that Jasmyn will be leaving EastEnders later this year. We wish her all the best for the future.”

Responding to the news, Banks messaged on Twitter: “Thanks so much to everyone wishing me well you’ve made me smile, but fear not there’s still a lot to come on screen for Alice #staytuned.”

In recent months, viewers have seen Alice become increasingly infatuated with the menacing Michael Moon as he attempts to gain custody of his daughter Scarlett from ex-wife Janine (Charlie Brooks):

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“Janine and Michael will really up the ante in terms of how far they’ll go for baby Scarlett,” a show insider recently told RadioTimes.com of developments in the storyline. “Expect many twists and turns as Michael’s manipulation of Alice increases.”