Jo JoynerSo long Albert Square…

Eastenders favourite Jo Joyner is to leave Walford, after announcing that her intended eight-month break from the soap will be permanent.

Jo, 35, admitted she’ll miss her role as feisty Tanya Cross, saying: ‘I love playing Tanya and being part of such a great show. But she’s been on quite a roller coaster over the past seven years and I’ve come to realise that it’s right for her to step away from Walford for a bit longer than originally planned. I’ve been very fortunate to have been part of some fantastic story lines. But it’s time for me to explore other avenues.’

Bosses are keeping tight-lipped about Jo’s exit storyline, but it is likely they will leave the door open for her to return.

We’ll miss you, Jo!