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EastEnders’ Maisie Smith is pictured for the first time since it was revealed she has QUIT the soap

Strictly star Maisie Smith has been seen stepping out for the first time since it was revealed by MailOnline that she is set to quit EastEnders after 13 years on the soap.

The soap star, 19, bundled up in a cream padded jacket and grey tracksuit bottoms, while ensuring she covered up in a face mask during her outing on Saturday.

Maisie was carrying a selection of parcels under her arm as well as a pink quirky handbag, which no doubt held all of her essentials.

Pictured! Strictly star Maisie Smith has been seen stepping out for the first time since it was revealed by MailOnline that she is set to quit EastEnders after 13 years on the soap

Actress Maisie, who recently competed on the ballroom show, was wearing her auburn locks in a loose straight style and appeared to be going make-up free.

Maisie finished her low-key ensemble with a pair of colourful trainers.

The outing comes shortly after sources close to her told MailOnline she’s unlikely to extend her current contract when it expires in October, with bosses set to use her exit as part of the soap’s dramatic Christmas storylines.

Low-key: The soap star, 19, bundled up in a cream padded jacket and grey tracksuit bottoms, while ensuring she covered up in a face mask during her outing on Saturday

Low-key: The soap star, 19, bundled up in a cream padded jacket and grey tracksuit bottoms, while ensuring she covered up in a face mask during her outing on Saturday

Running errands: Maisie was carrying a selection of parcels under her arm as well as a pink quirky handbag, which no doubt held all of her essentials

Running errands: Maisie was carrying a selection of parcels under her arm as well as a pink quirky handbag, which no doubt held all of her essentials

Running errands: Maisie was carrying a selection of parcels under her arm as well as a pink quirky handbag, which no doubt held all of her essentials

A source said: ‘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.

Casual: Actress Maisie, who recently competed on the ballroom show, was wearing her auburn locks in a loose straight style and appeared to be going make-up free

Casual: Actress Maisie, who recently competed on the ballroom show, was wearing her auburn locks in a loose straight style and appeared to be going make-up free

Street style: Maisie finished her low-key ensemble with a pair of colourful trainers

Street style: Maisie finished her low-key ensemble with a pair of colourful trainers

Street style: Maisie finished her low-key ensemble with a pair of colourful trainers

Out and about: Judging by Maisie's abundance of parcels it appeared she was off to the post office

 Out and about: Judging by Maisie’s abundance of parcels it appeared she was off to the post office

Time to say goodbye? The outing comes shortly after sources close to her told MailOnline she's increasingly unlikely to extend her current contract when it expires in October, with bosses set to use her exit as part of the soap's dramatic Christmas storylines

Time to say goodbye? The outing comes shortly after sources close to her told MailOnline she's increasingly unlikely to extend her current contract when it expires in October, with bosses set to use her exit as part of the soap's dramatic Christmas storylines

Time to say goodbye? The outing comes shortly after sources close to her told MailOnline she’s increasingly unlikely to extend her current contract when it expires in October, with bosses set to use her exit as part of the soap’s dramatic Christmas storylines

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

Maisie, who joined EastEnders when she was just six, has ambitions of starring on the big-screen and is hoping to crack Hollywood with a major film role. 

The soap star is hoping she could follow in the footsteps of her former co-stars, including Ben Hardy and Himesh Patel who featured in box office hits X-Men: Apocalypse and Yesterday. 

New dreams: Maisie, who joined EastEnders when she was just six, has ambitions of starring on the big-screen and is hoping to crack Hollywood with a major film role

New dreams: Maisie, who joined EastEnders when she was just six, has ambitions of starring on the big-screen and is hoping to crack Hollywood with a major film role

Farewell! Strictly star Maisie Smith is set to quit EastEnders after 13 years on the soap as she vows to crack Hollywood with a major film role

Farewell! Strictly star Maisie Smith is set to quit EastEnders after 13 years on the soap as she vows to crack Hollywood with a major film role

Maisie’s profile rocketed following her appearance on the 2020 series of Strictly Come Dancing in which she finished runner-up to winner Bill Bailey. 

Her management have held talks with various clothing and make-up companies regarding lucrative branding deals she’ll be allowed to take on once out of her BBC contract, which has strict rules against advertising. 

However, MailOnline understands fashion endorsements are not the main incentive behind her decision to leave, with acting ambitions the overriding reason. 

Sweet: Maisie (pictured far left in 2011) joined EastEnders in 2008 when she was just six years old, and after leaving in 2014 returned four years later

Sweet: Maisie (pictured far left in 2011) joined EastEnders in 2008 when she was just six years old, and after leaving in 2014 returned four years later

It’s understood Maisie does not want her character Tiffany Butcher-Baker killed off, as she wants to leave the door open for a return to Albert Square. 

Given she’s been such a fixture on the BBC soap for the majority of her life, Maisie hopes EastEnders bosses will grant her wish. 

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.’ 

Ambitious: Sources said Maisie is hoping to land a major film role when she leaves the soap, and has also been in talks with major fashion and makeup brands (pictured in 2019)

Ambitious: Sources said Maisie is hoping to land a major film role when she leaves the soap, and has also been in talks with major fashion and makeup brands (pictured in 2019)

Maisie left the soap once before in 2014 when the Jackson family, including on-screen mum Patsy Palmer who plays Bianca, were written out. 

She used her time away from EastEnders to launch a music career before returning to Walford full-time four years later. 

In an interview last month, Maisie admitted she was keen to explore other roles. 

She told The Sun: ‘In the future I want to try new things and I want to play new characters, but for right now I’m happy because EastEnders want me still.’ 

Sticking around? In an interview last month, Maisie admitted she was keen to explore other roles, adding: 'For right now I'm happy because EastEnders want me still'

Sticking around? In an interview last month, Maisie admitted she was keen to explore other roles, adding: ‘For right now I’m happy because EastEnders want me still’

In 2010 the soap’s bright young female star Lacey Turner, who plays Stacey Slater, quit to play the lead part in BBC drama Our Girl, but returned to Walford in 2014.

In 2018, actress Jacqueline Jossa left after playing Lauren Branning for eight years and went on to win the 2019 series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! and become the face of several fashion ranges. 

Both EastEnders and Maisie’s representatives told MailOnline they ‘don’t discuss contracts’ when asked about her future on the soap.

Can she come back? It's understood Maisie does not want her character Tiffany Butcher-Baker killed off, as she wants to leave the door open for a return to Albert Square

Can she come back? It’s understood Maisie does not want her character Tiffany Butcher-Baker killed off, as she wants to leave the door open for a return to Albert Square


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