Gillian Wright to leave EastEnders

Wednesday 31 July 2013, 13:18

Sarah M Sarah M

Gillian Wright

Get your tissues at the ready, because this is going to be emotional. After eight dramatic years of highs and lows, Jean Slater - cardigan collector and inventor of such noted culinary creations as "Sausage Surprise" - is set to leave the Square.

Gillian Wright said it has been "a huge privilege" to work on the show and that she "will miss EastEnders enormously, but it is time for me to step back and enjoy other acting challenges. I would love Jean to return to the Square one day. Let's hope this is not goodbye, but au revoir."

She added that "I treasure the viewers' care and love for the character, not only through her hard times but through all the laughter too."

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We've watched Jean's character grow since her first appearance on 16th December 2004, having had to stand by and watch as her daughter, Stacey, went on the run for murder and her son, Sean, went AWOL after discovering that Roxy's child was Jack's and not his. She's struggled at times with her bipolar disorder but at last, things seem to have looked up in the form of retired copper, Ollie.

We're going to miss you and your Sausage Suprise, Jean!

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    Shame she is leaving. She's a proper character unlike some of the people in it now. An Enders icon

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    REALLY NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS. Michael .jack ,Tyler, I am not bothered about as the characters are dull and boring but Jean is a great character and what a bad time to leave just as Jean is finding herself in a relationship after all these years . I hope the show DON'T MAKE A HUGE MISTAKE AND KILL JEAN OFF.

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    Comment number 3.

    And I hope she gets a BBC three special like Tanya should of had but didn't

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    Jean's character had gotten really dull and hard to watch at times. It seemed like she was finally getting good storylines with her culinary skills. I thought she should have left at least 1 year ago. I find her character pointless, along with Mo. Why in the world Jean and Mo are living in the Vic while Kat is living in MO's house with Alice and Joey is unbelievable. I know they need background people but I believe it's time for Mo to join Charlie or one of the other girls.

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    Comment number 5.

    She is a brilliant actress and she will be missed! I hope she is able to get out of Walford alive so she (and we) have the chance for her to return in the future:)

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    Comment number 6.

    nutty as a fruitcake, but we all love fruitcake don't we lol x

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    Comment number 7.

    oh that's a shame love jean shes a great character will be missed and hope she does return one day

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    Comment number 8.

    Mo hasn't been in the show since last year. Im sure it was even before Derek arrived as we never saw those two converse...

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    Comment number 9.

    Jean I am so disappointed that you are leaving Eastenders. I hope you are single because you are just the person I am looking for. You and I would be perfect together. I love you.

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    Comment number 10.

    In a way good as she wasn't that used as she could have been but the Michael story etc she has been excellent!

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    Comment number 11.

    Oh this is sad news, Gillian is a brilliant actress who brings the totally believable Jean to our screens ~ one of the best characters on EastEnders at the moment. Hope her exit is with the new love in her life ~ Ollie, she deserves some happiness. Good Luck Gillian in whatever you do next, we will miss you. XX

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    Comment number 12.

    Yet another HUGE loss for the show. As one of the only characters I enjoy watching now, it may come to pass that I finally lose interest in Eastenders.... which will please my partner.

    Good luck in pastures new, Gillian. Come back soon.

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    Comment number 13.

    even though jean leaving she said that one of the days she wants return so they are not going to kill her off

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    Comment number 14.

    Not at this difficult time for eastenders, I love her she is a great actress, Tanya is gone, Michael and Jack are going, Derek was killed off. Bringing in boring characters like Kirsty , Sharon and Carl . I hope this is not a big mistake for the show .Think twice.

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    Comment number 15.

    What a terrible shame, the best character in Eastenders and she is leaving.
    Good luck to you Gillian, she deserve the best.

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    Comment number 16.

    To Pilky,
    you need to watch your Eastenders, when you say Mo & Derek had no interaction you are wrong. Derek rented the house Alice, Joey and Kat are all living in from Mo. Mo kicked Fatboy & Tyler because Derek offered her more rent. Mo has definitely been in it since numerous times

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    Comment number 17.

    If Gillian Wright wants a break, then my best wishes to her. I hope she realises that there are so many Eastenders fans who see her portrayal of Jean Slater as legendary and worthy of the title 'Eastenders Matriarch'. She will go down with the greats, Pauline Fowler, Lou Beale, Peggy Mitchell and Pat Butcher.
    One request for the scriptwriters (well, two)..... please leave it open for her to return, and give her a happy exit such as being whisked off by Ollie and being reunited with Sean and Stacey. Sean was always a bad boy and his mum frustrated him, but when the cards were down he would always be there for her. Plus, it would be nice to see a glimpse of Rob Kazinsky and Lacey Turner again, even if it was only briefly.
    You hear me, scriptwriters? HAPPY ENDING! They DO happen..... so sort it, or I will send the boys round, innit. (jk)

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    Comment number 18.

    It's really heartbreaking that Gillian Wright (who plays Jean Slater) Is leaving. My eldest friends loved her character, and she will be greatly missed. Keep arms open for her to make a return. Her exit will be emotional, and tears all around- but please keep arms wide for her to make a return back to Walford.

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    Comment number 19.

    Very sad to hear the news of Jean leaving the Square. Gillian Wright is such a brilliant actress! :(

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    Comment number 20.

    lolagnet Im sorry

 

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