EastEnders will kill off the character Lola Pearce played by actress Danielle Harold, it has been reported.
The straight-talking Lola, who first appeared in 2011, will allegedly die from a brain tumour mirroring the real-life death of The Wanted's Tom Parker, reports The Sun.
They claim that Lola will finally settle down and fall in love with her former boyfriend Jay Brown before her illness takes hold and leaves her in a dire situation.
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Viewers of the BBC One soap will be heartbroken as they watch the lovebirds torn apart by her terminal diagnosis.
Jay, played by Jamie Borthwick, will nurse Lola until her final, heartbreaking end, to be screened later this year.
BBC soap bosses are determined the exit of the popular character will be handled with “grace and care”, and have worked alongside a brain tumour charity to create the emotional scripts.
Lola first made her debut on Albert Square over a decade ago as the granddaughter of Billy Mitchell and Juliet Perkins.
Her biggest storylines include a teenage pregnancy after a one-night stand with her cousin Ben Mitchell (Joshua Pascoe/Harry Reid/Max Bowden) and fighting to keep newborn daughter Lexi out of care.
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Danielle returned to the role of Lola in 2019, and her most recent plotline was as the love interest of Isaac Baptiste (Stevie Basaula), who was battling schizophrenia.
Loyal fans have taken to social media to share their upset about the rumours regarding Lola’s exit.
One wrote on Twitter: “Noooo. Danielle is a fantastic actress. She plays Lola wonderfully. I’m brokenhearted.”
A second commented: “Danielle is a totally underrated actress”, while a third added: “Wasn’t expecting this today.. Lexi is going to lose her mum #EastEnders #Lola @DHaroldOfficial.”
EastEnders airs Monday to Thursday on BBC One at 7.30pm
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