EastEnders’ Maisie Smith ‘cried the whole way through’ last scenes with Shona McGarty

EastEnders actress Maisie Smith has opened up about filming her last scenes for the BBC soap ahead of her on-screen exit as Tiffany, confessing she ‘cried the whole way through.’

Revealing that she majorly struggled to hold in her emotions when faced with saying goodbye to her co-stars, Maisie explained she couldn’t help but let the emotion seep into the scenes.

The Strictly finalist, who has starred on the show from 2008 since she was just eight years old, recalled one particularly emotional moment with her on-screen family member and close friendShona McGarty, who plays Whitney Dean.

The 20-year-old explained: “Shona and I literally cried the whole way through and after, we got so emotional.”

She continued: “We’ve said goodbye on the show before the first time round like six or seven years ago, but it was even harder this time round because we’ve built such a lovely sister bond.”

Maisie added: “It was a sad couple of weeks because we film out of order so I had my last scenes with people spread across a month.”

“It was sad with everyone but Shona I’ve known since I was literally a baby where she would carry me on her hip, so that for me was a really hard moment.”

Continuing to open up about how she feels about leaving Albert Square behind and the end of an era, Maisie said she will really miss her soap alter-ego.

She said: “Tiffany is a heightened version of me. She’s stronger, she’s more fearless, she’s very charismatic.”

Maisie added: “I’m just going to miss playing her. She’s the kind of person that I would want to be.”

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But the star explained the toughest part of deciding to leave was the fact she wouldn’t see her cast mates every day.

Maisie confessed: “That was the hardest thing for me, leaving everyone. It’s just such a wonderful place to work.”

“There’s always someone to talk to in every room. I came back a few days later to clean out my dressing room, but I literally just came back to see everyone again."

“I could have cleared my dressing room the day before but I wanted to come back and see everyone.”

However, Maisie has plenty to look forward to in the coming months and an inevitably bright future ahead of her.

She was recently unveiled as one of the stars taking part in Channel 4’s gruelling Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins, and has previously impressed fans with her singing talent.

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