'It Is Time For Me To Explore Some Other Avenues For A While': Jo Joyner To Leave EastEnders Indefinitely

By Emily Sheridan

Published: 19:49 BST, 1 April 2013 | Updated: 11:52 BST, 2 April 2013

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Jo Joyner has announced she is to leave EastEnders 'indefinitely', after previously planning to take eight months off the soap.

The actress, who plays mother-of-three Tanya Cross, will bow out in the summer to spend more time with her family and explore other career paths.

The mother-of-two, 35, said in a statement: 'I love playing Tanya and being part of such a great show, but she has been on quite a rollercoaster over the past seven years and I have come to realise that it’s right for her to step away from Walford for a bit longer than originally planned.

I'm off! Jo Joyner is to leave EastEnders after seven years of playing Tanya Cross

I'm off! Jo Joyner is to leave EastEnders after seven years of playing Tanya Cross

'I have been very fortunate to have been part of some fantastic storylines over the years, and I have worked with some wonderful people during my time on the show which I will always be very grateful for, but I feel that as a mother and an actress it is time for me to explore some other avenues for a while.

Last year, she had announced she would take an eight month break from the long-running serial, however she revealed on Monday she had reconsidered her options.

EastEnders' executive producer Lorraine Newman: 'As the mother of Lauren, Abi and Oscar and the on/off wife to the ever errant Max, life for Tanya has never been easy.

The wedding that never was: Tanya was set to re-marry Max Branning (Jake Wood) last Christmas Day until his wife Kirsty turned up

The wedding that never was: Tanya was set to re-marry Max Branning (Jake Wood) last Christmas Day until his wife Kirsty turned up

'However, Jo Joyner’s portrayal of Tanya allowed viewers to instantly fall in love with her, creating the cement for a great family. From Jo’s portrayal of a cancer sufferer’s fear to dealing with her daughter’s excessive drinking, Jo has delivered high-class drama time and again.

'Later this year we will see the Branning family cope without her. They will of course miss her, as will her colleagues and no doubt the viewers. We wish Jo well on her ventures new.'

Former No Angels actress Jo joined the cast of EastEnders in June 2006 as the wife of Max Branning (Jake Wood) and opened a beauty salon called Booty.

Can't live with, can't live without: Tanya and Max's on-off romance has captivated viewers

Can't live with, can't live without: Tanya and Max's on-off romance has captivated viewers

Already the mother of Lauren and Abi, the couple welcomed their son Oscar in 2007.

During her seven years on screen, Tanya has divorced Max, dated his brother Jack (Scott Maslen), marries Greg Jessop, has an affair with Max and battles cervical cancer.

Recently, Tanya was stunned to learn Max had secretly married Kirsty Branning (Kierston Wareing) during his absence from Walford last year, scuppering her plans to re-marry him last Christmas Day.

Source : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2302464/Jo-Joyner-leave-EastEnders-indefinitely.html

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