The actress who plays Whitney Dean in the BBC1 soap was given the suspension after being previously warned for constant lateness, says the Daily Star Sunday. Mc Garty was reportedly told directly by Lorraine herself that she was being suspended after cast and crew were annoyed at Shona's poor punctuality.
A source for the BBC told the newspaper: ''Shona failed to turn up on time on more than one occasion and was really laid back about why she was late. People are understanding when it's once or even twice but her lateness was becoming a huge problem.''
''It regularly held up the filming of vital scenes and angered fellow cast and crew members who were forced to work late because of her. Like all soaps, everyone works long, hard days so when things are prolonged because of one person it doesn't go down well on set. There were a lot of unhappy people so Lorraine had no choice but to take action. Shona was read the riot act and apologised for her behaviour. Obviously, she's not happy about what's happened and was quite upset about it all afterwards."
An Eastenders spokesperson confirmed the news saying: ''Shona has been suspended for repeatedly being late."