Soap Queen quits Albert Square

Soap queen Pauline Fowler is to quit Eastenders it emerged yesterday.

The popular TV pin up Wendy Richard announced the move after serving 21 years living in Albert Square.

In a dramatic exit planned at Christmas, Pauline will no longer don her pinny as she has been one of the longest serving characters from the show.

Richards, 62, plans to continue acting - as she leaves behind nephew Ian Beale (played by Adam Woodyatt)  to wear the crown of potentially  longest serving member.

She has starred in Are You Being Served?, the Carry On comedies but said it was time to move on from Walford.

She has been involved in many cliffhanging story lines including the mental breakdown of onscreen hubby, Arthur Fowler and ill stricken son and  HIV sufferer Mark as well as her other son  Martin's car accident in which he killed Sonia's first  love Jamie Mitchell.

Her legacy will live on in the minds of Soap fans as there will no doubt be life after the soap.

Actors such as Ross Kemp -AKA Hard man Grant Mitchell has also had much success after appearing in the show.