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."

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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  • Comment number 33. Posted by JEastment26

    on 13 Aug 2013 23:32

    Shame. She is a brilliant and one of my best characters. She will be missed :(

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by blog123

    on 11 Aug 2013 20:19

    moonlove I hate to think if you created the characters for the show then

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by moonlove

    on 8 Aug 2013 20:29

    dave and blog123 do not diss aj he is awsome

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by moonlove

    on 8 Aug 2013 20:26

    hope she runs away with olie to live with stacy stacy and Lily and they can all be a big happy family

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by blog123

    on 7 Aug 2013 14:27

    Good to hear they are not killing her off. She should come back in a few years maybe on Christmas day with Stacey and Sean

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by Mindy

    on 6 Aug 2013 19:55

    Don't leave!

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by chrisje holland

    on 6 Aug 2013 07:52

    dont go jean ! You will be really missed........ Hope you come back to vist bring back Stacey with you

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by blog123

    on 3 Aug 2013 02:18

    Dave have to agree with you I can not stand AJ just another pointless dull character on the show

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by Dave

    on 2 Aug 2013 13:57

    Noooooooooooooooooo she,s the only crazy person (in a nice way) on the Eastenders Set, there are a lot more insignificant people walking round the set ei :- jack - Michael - Tyler - & what purpose does AJ serve, apart from being a pain in the $%?

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by annie

    on 2 Aug 2013 10:49

    She will be missed, she is one of the best actresses Eastenders has ever had. Good luck to her for the future. I hope one day we will see her return.

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