TV Season & Spoilers recently brought to you the news of actress Shona McGarty’s exit from EastEnders. The stunning star has played the character of Whitney Dean on the BBC One soap for about fifteen long years. However, off late the actress feels like it is time she stepped out Walford and spread her wings to fly towards newer things. This news has certainly come as a huge shock for ardent fans of the long-running soap. After all, Whitney Dean surely has been a staple in Walford. And watching the soap without her will certainly pinch. Understandably, the decision wasn’t easy for Shona either. But it was one that had to be taken.
Reportedly, the EastEnders star is now all set to chill a little! The word on the block is that Shona will be appearing on the reality TV show, Dancing On Ice. However, thankfully, the viewers will not have to say an instant goodbye, as Shona’s exit won’t air until next year. Shona’s contract with EastEnders will end in 2024, and that’s when her final scenes will air. The makers are still contemplating on Whitney’s exit storyline from the BBC soap.
EastEnders: Shona’s New Adventures Beyond Walford
“I have loved my years in the show. I have been trusted with some incredible storylines,” Shona recently told the media. Although it’s true that Whitney has had many amazing and stirring stories on EastEnders, we have to agree that none of them were joyous. In fact, Whitney has often bounced from one tragedy to another in her 15 years in Walford. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the soap fans now want a happy ending for her. In fact, Shona too, agrees with the emotion. “As a viewer, and after playing her for so long, Whitney deserves a happy ending,” she stated.
While we don’t know if Whitney will get her happy ending on EastEnders or not, but we can sense that Shona really has some very happy days ahead! A source close to ITV told The Sun that Shona is on top of the channel’s wish-list for Dancing On Ice. Shona is a “great name” for the show, she is a huge talent, and a well-known name, they said. Moreover, “to walk off EastEnders and straight onto their rival channel’s biggest show would be a huge coup,” the source added.
Shona McGart joined the cast of EastEnders at the young age of 16, back in 2008. Ever since then she has tackled many of the soap’s most hard-hitting stories. Moreover, her incredible talent has worked in her favour and has won her many fans. Thus, her walking away from the soap will certainly be a huge loss. But we wish Shona all the best in all her future endeavours. We will report back as soon as we hear anything about what her final story on the BBC soap would be. Until then, stay tuned to TV Season & Spoilers for more EastEnders updates.