soapThey’re dropping like flies in EastEnders, aren’t they? The soap has just aired the surprise exit of fan favourite Belinda Slater who decided to grab life while she could after Elysium fell apart and drove off for a travelling adventure with her childhood friend.

The Walford soap had held back the fact that Carli Norris was leaving the role, but with everything left open, there’s every chance that we could see Belinda again given that the character has always been a recurring one.

Fans were moved as she had a heart to heart with Masood and they both made respective decisions, with Masood’s own departure scenes set to air next week.

Remembering a promise she and her mate made at age 16 to run away together if they weren’t married by 40, divorcee Belinda took Masood’s advice to call her on board and before the day was out, they were speeding off to Italy to kick off their travels, leaving Stacey bewildered.