Jo Joyner – the best actress in Eastenders* – has announced that she will take âa breakâ? from the show in 2013.
Over the last few years Joyner aka Tanya Branning has had her marriage ruined buy her daughter-in-law, attempted to bury her ex-husband, lost a new husband and survived cancer.
We reckon sheâs allowed some time off after all that, and is making the most of the opportunity when her contarct with the BBC One sopa expires next year.
According to the Daily Star newspaper, Jo told a friend: “It’s been pretty full-on and the rest of the year is going to be even more dramatic because the Brannings have got some amazing stuff coming up. I want to spend some quality time with my family so it’s time for a break.”
But fear not Tanya fans, the 34-year-old actress has vowed to return to the soap. An EastEnders spokesman confirmed: “Jo will be taking a break from filming in 2013 but will definitely return.”
June Brown – who plays Square stalwart Dot – will also be taking six months off to writer her memoirs, reports revealed yesterday.
The chain-smoking busybody first joined the cast back in 1985 and has become one of the most popular characters on set, but the 85-year-old has admitted to feeling exhausted by her hectic schedule.
AÂ source told the Daily Mirror: âSome friends on the set feared she may be considering a permanent exit but EastEnders bosses are determined to keep her and they have offered her six months off which she has taken.
âShe has admitted the filming can be exhausting and she feels some time off is long overdue.â?
Just make sure you all come back girlsâ¦
*in our humble (but expert) opinion