Nina Wadia has announced that, after five years as the indomitable Zainab Masood, she plans to leave EastEnders.

Nina Wadia as Zainab Masood

She says: "Playing Zainab has been a gift and a privilege. I'll always be hugely proud of the  talented friends I've worked with and I'm so grateful for the special bond with our audience who watch, care and talk to us every day - we're a family of millions.

Letting go of something you love is never easy but the time has come to move on and every ending brings a new beginning. Here's to future loves."

Sniff.

EastEnders Exec Producer, Lorraine Newman adds: "For the past five years, Nina has brought to life the wonderful Zainab:  the formidable, fun loving, opinionated, fiercely-competitive matriarch. Nina’s range as an actor is quite exceptional, from her comedic double acts right through to her ability to pull on our heart strings with incredibly moving drama. We are very sad to be losing Nina and wish her well in ventures new. She will be missed as much by the production as by the audience."

Zainab has packed a lot into her five years on the Square - her world crashed around her ears when she disovered that son Syed was gay, but she came to terms with it and welcomed Christian into the family... eventually. She ended her relationship with Masood, starting up with controlling and manipulative physician Yusef Khan, and broke free to rekindle her bond with Mas. Then there's her competitiveness with co-worker Denise... and the rest of Walford... and the universe. And her wry commentary on pretty much everything that goes on in the Square...

We can't give away anything about her exit, but you can guarantee that it's going to be an emotional send-off for a woman who's kept us entertained for half a decade. Stay tuned.

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  • Comment number 21. Posted by MickyG

    on 29 Dec 2012 08:56

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by tisshie

    on 27 Dec 2012 09:17

    I didn't like her, at all, too bossy!!!

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by ayesha

    on 25 Dec 2012 14:03

    wens zainab leaving and if shes leaves then what about her family will she leave them behind and her small son forogt his name ??? god!

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by Jules

    on 20 Dec 2012 20:53

    Noooo I love Zainab, she is a brilliant charcater played brilliantly by Nina. She will be missed so much!

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by ShelleyM

    on 20 Dec 2012 10:27

    Probably the biggest loss to EE since the likes of Pam St Clement and Wendy Richard.

    Nina is a clas actress who plays Zainab to perfection and has more talent in her little finger than some of the cast have in their entire bodies.

    A sad day.

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by Lewis Foster

    on 19 Dec 2012 23:25

    Sad to see a wonderful actress such as Nina leave. She made Zainab a character to remember

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by blog123

    on 18 Dec 2012 20:51

    I think its good shes leaving I think all the Massods should. there's other characters the show need to get rid of as well .I think there are to many characters on the show now years ago the cast was probably half it is now and it worked much better .good luck to Nina tho

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by eastenders16

    on 18 Dec 2012 17:31

    i will miss her

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  • Comment number 13. Posted by american_scouser

    on 18 Dec 2012 00:30

    Awwww NOOOOOOOO WHY Zainab???? She's the BEST actress on Eastenders!! She's funny, outspoken and so much like Me :) I just don't want to see her leave! :( I do respect that it's her choice though and I just hope she appears on my TV screen in something that she enjoys. I wish Nina Wadia the best in her future endeavors and I hope Eastenders gives her a returnable exit from the show...in case she wants to return at a later date. GOOD LUCK NiNA - We love You soo much and we're going to miss you LOADS!!!!

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by sweetypie2012

    on 17 Dec 2012 21:46

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I AM GONNA MISS U ZAINAB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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