Mercy Olubunmi to leave BBC's Eastenders in Summer after just over a year as a regular character

Mercy Olubunmi will leave Albert Square over summer, show bosses have confirmed. The Walford lass, played by Bunmi Mojekwu first appeared in Eastenders: E20, the show's online spin-off in 2010 before she became the last of the four main cast members to get a regular role on the actual show in May of last year. Since then, Mercy and her grandmother Grace Olubunmi (Ellen Thomas) have settled down in Walford.

However, today bosses revealed that Mercy will leave the show this summer. She has recently been involved in a storyline which sees the Border Immigration Agency attempting to deport her however on the day of the Royal Wedding, viewers saw her best friend Arthur ''Fatboy'' Chubb (Ricky Norwood) propose to her in order for her to stay in the country.

Details regarding her exit from the show are being kept under wraps so it is not yet known if she will leave after her current storyline or if her exit will be due to a different plot. A spokesperson told Digital Spy that we are to see Mercy's exit in July commenting: ''Bunmi has done a great job of bringing the role of Mercy to life and we wish her every success in the future.

It is not yet known whether Grace will also leave the Square and BBC bosses have not commented on the future of  the character or of Mercy's friend Fatboy who will be the only remaining character who was introduced through the spin-off E20.