Iconic Roles, End of an Era: Shona McGarty Leaves EastEnders; Lorraine Stanley Also Exiting

Iconic Roles, End of an Era: Shona McGarty Leaves EastEnders; Lorraine Stanley Also Exiting

BBC’s beloved soap opera, EastEnders, is about to experience a significant shift as it bids farewell to a familiar face.


After a 15-year stint, actress Shona McGarty will be exiting the series, leaving a marked influence on both her fellow cast members and the show’s loyal viewership.

A Staple of Albert Square

Shona McGarty has been a constant presence in the bustling Albert Square since she joined the show’s cast in 2008, at the tender age of 16.

She has skillfully embodied the character of Whitney Dean, creating a persona beloved by fans and integral to the EastEnders’ storyline.

Shona McGarty (BBC)

An Impressive On-screen Journey

Her final scenes are anticipated to air in the early months of the coming year.


During her tenure on the show, McGarty has been recognized with numerous nominations for her stellar portrayal of Whitney, including nods from the prestigious National Television Awards.

Acclaim and Acknowledgements

Earlier this year, her portrayal of a heartbreaking scene in which Whitney loses her baby with character Zack Hudson, enacted by James Farrar, earned her a nomination at the British Soap Awards.

This attests to the depth and range of McGarty’s acting prowess, further underlining her lasting impact on EastEnders.

Philanthropic Contributions

Beyond her contributions to the show, McGarty has also taken part in several charitable endeavors alongside the EastEnders’ team, including a noteworthy crossover episode with Coronation Street in 2010 and again in 2020.

Lorraine Stanley (BBC)

Additional Cast Changes

The departure of Shona McGarty isn’t the only change the show will undergo.


Lorraine Stanley, known for her role as the launderette worker Karen Taylor, is also set to exit the series.

Stanley made her first appearance on the show in 2017, and outside EastEnders, she is recognized for her role as Kelly in the 2006 film “London To Brighton.”


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