• 'It has been a huge privilege': Gillian Wright confirms she is leaving EastEnders

    EastEnders star Gillian Wright is bidding farewell to Albert Square. The actress, 53, who has played Jean Slater for eight years, will finish filming this week. Her last episode will air in October. In a statement released by the star, she described her experience as "a huge privilege."   CLICK ON PHOTO TO VIEW FULL GALLERY "I treasure the viewer's care and love for the character not only through her hard times but through all the laughter too," she added. "I will miss EastEnders enormously, but it is time for me to step back and enjoy other acting challenges." Gillian has indicated she would like to return