EastEnders is set to write out two big characters this Christmas, according to new spoilers.
Sisters Abi and Lauren Branning are reportedly both set to report the series this year.
The pair – played by Lorna Fitzgerald and Jacqueline Jossa respectively – have both on the BBC One soap for years.
The scenes are set to air this Christmas, almost a year after fellow EastEnders sisters Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell were both killed off on last January’s New Year’s Day episode.
The Sun reports that the upcoming double exit has been masterminded by the soap’s new boss John Yorke.
“He has form for creating huge plots, so they’re in safe hands over their departure,” a source said. “It will be one of the biggest on-screen moments of the year.
“Sometimes a great storyline comes at the cost of losing some characters. The cast will be sorry to see them go.”
A show spokesman commented: “We can confirm Jacqueline and Lorna will be leaving.
“They have been wonderful to work with and we wish them all the best for the future.”
John Yorke is currently acting creative director for EastEnders after former executive producer Sean O’Connor stepped down this year after just 12 months.
Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama said earlier this year: “John Yorke is a creative force in the industry who is passionate about EastEnders, he brings a wealth of experience to the show and will ensure it’s in safe hands while we start the process to recruit a permanent replacement.”