Maisie Smith ‘quits’ EastEnders after 13 years as she ‘plans to crack Hollywood’

Maisie Smith is reportedly leaving EastEnders after 13 years as she wants to 'make it in Hollywood'.

The 19-year-old soap star and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant has played the iconic Tiffany Butcher since 2008.

It's been claimed Maisie is "unlikely to renew her current contract with the BBC soap".

Daily Star has contacted a spokesperson for the soap for comment.

According to The Mail Online, insiders revealed Maisie plans to crack Hollywood after her success on Strictly 2020 and ongoing role in EastEnders.

A source told the publication: "Maisie is hugely ambitious and wants to test herself away from soaps.

"Starring in movies is a personal goal and seeing how well Ben and Himesh have done, it's given her hope she could be the next box office star from EastEnders.

"The only stumbling block is whether COVID-19 and the knock-on effect of the pandemic will dilute the pool of acting opportunities.

"If it remains bleak, the sensible move might be staying put for another year. But the intention is to leave in October."

The source added: "Maisie loves EastEnders and idolises some of her co-stars, some of whom have been great role models for her.

"She believes the soap has been the perfect place to learn her trade and she owes them so much. Leaving will be a wrench but at least she knows she could return."

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