EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa has promised an unmissable Christmas Day in EastEnders as she and co-star Lorna Fitzgerald prepare to leave the soap.

Jacqueline Jossa has promised an unmissable Christmas Day in EastEnders as she prepares to leave the show with her on-screen sister Abi.

Speaking to the Radio Times, Jacqueline revealed that the festive season will be the worst ever for the Brannings.

The storyline is set to see the double exit of Lauren and Abi Branning, and shocking Christmas Day scenes mean the family doesn’t even get chance to enjoy Christmas dinner.

At the centre of the drama is their damaged dad Max, and the family is torn apart in shocking scenes that will leave fans glued to their TV screens.

But while the Brannings will have their most miserable Christmas ever, Jacqueline says viewers are in for a treat.

Jacqueline said: “It doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it’s catastrophic, the worst one yet. We don’t even get to sit down for Christmas dinner this year. The episodes are wicked!”

Jacqueline, who has been in the soap since 2010, admitted it will be hard to leave the Square, but says she is looking forward to spending more time with her young daughter.

She said: “I’m sad, but I’m leaving when everyone else goes on their Christmas break, so that helps. But I’m really looking forward to spending more time with Ella. I do feel I’ve missed stuff these past two years,”

Creative director John Yorke took the decision to write out the sisters when he returned as show boss, but it’s clear from the recent and very popular episodes on screen that he has a massive plan in store for the Brannings’ most spectacular episodes yet.

EastEnders’ Christmas Day special airs at 9pm on BBC One.