'EastEnders' star Danielle Harold was left in tears after discovering she’s being “written off”.
The 29-year-old soap star - who has played Lola Pearce on-and-off since 2011 in the BBC One show - was left “in pieces” after finding out that she is going to be a victim of the huge plans to overhaul the show by the new boss Chris Clenshaw to spice up the show.
An insider told The Sun newspaper: “Dan was in pieces. The cull came out of the blue.
“She was not expecting the chop because her character has been a firm favourite with viewers. She’ll be written out with no option to return.”
Danielle is believed to have entered into contract negotiations but was told of the big shakeup coming to Albert Square, which is rumored to involve others “being shown the door”.
The source continued: “Danielle was teary but was told a number of the cast were being shown the door.
"No-one else has been given their marching orders yet however.
According to the source, the whole cast “are rallying around” Danielle, who first appeared in Walford as the granddaughter of Billy Mitchell (Perry Fenwick).
They said: “The rest of the cast are rallying around her.”
However, Danielle - whose storylines have included having her daughter Lexi via a teenage pregnancy with Max Bowden’s Ben Mitchell and helping Stevie Basaula’s Isaac Baptiste live with his schizophrenia - is taking the development “like a true pro”.
They said: “She handled the news like a true pro and is eager to throw herself into the storyline.”