EastEnders' Shona McGarty reveals why she quit soap after 16 years as Whitney Dean

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28 Apr 2024, 11:29

Shona McGarty

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Shona McGarty, who has played Whitney Dean on EastEnders for 16 years, has revealed why she decided to quit the soap. 

After announcing her departure from the BBC show in July last year, Shona will be make her exit very soon and has finally opened up about her reasons for doing so. 

Talking to The Sun, she said: “There are other opportunities and areas of the industry I want to explore before I get too old! All things come to an end and this is the new chapter of my life. I’ve had a really good run and Whitney needs a break. She’s had a pretty tough paper round.”

It’s true, Whitney has had some big storylines over the years, including being groomed, kidnapped and stalked (to name a few). 

Most recently, Whitney has been at the centre of another scandal after her partner, Zak Hudson (James Farrar), shared a kiss with Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa). Viewers believe Whitney's exit from the soap will come after finding out about this betrayal. 

Shona has some big plans for her future beyond EastEnders and has said she wouldn’t mind dipping her toes in the world of music. 

She added: "I’ve written lots of songs, things that I’d like to maybe share with the world one day. Working on an album is something I’ve always wanted to do and I can definitely see that happening. I’ve got things in the pipeline, which I can’t announce yet.”

In other news, Olly Alexander is set to make a cameo in EastEnders very soon. 

The BBC have announced that the Years and Years singer will stop by The Queen Vic pub to “reconnect” with old friend Johnny Carter, and he’s given a hero’s welcome before jetting off to the Eurovision Song Contest.

The official synopsis continues: ”In true EastEnders style, Olly’s visit to the Square is not the only surprise of the night, as one Walford resident decides to pop the question having been buoyed up by the celebratory tone of the occasion, but the couple in question and the all-important answer is yet to be revealed…”