EastEnders characters Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell are to be 'killed off' in a dramatic storyline at the end of this year, according to reports.

Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell are set to be killed off in an explosive exit later this year, according to The Sun.

The sisters will reportedly meet their end during a sensational action-packed New Year’s Eve EastEnders special.

Rita Simons (Roxy) and Samantha Womack (Ronnie) arrived on the Square back in 2007, and their characters have been through a lot in their nine years on the show.

Viewers have watched the sisters struggle with their difficult relationship with father Archie, and the pair’s relationship was repeatedly tested when Roxy slept with her sister’s partners Jack Branning and Charlie Cotton.

Samantha’s character Ronnie has been at the centre of some of the soap’s most harrowing storylines. They include two murders, the admission that she was raped by her father and the tragic cot death of her son, James, in 2011.

In an interview, Samantha admitted that the cot death storyline gave her “the most horrific four weeks of my life”.

Last month, Samantha thanked fans for their support after the news of their shock exit hit headlines.

Writing to her fans on her Twitter account, the actress said: “Thank you SO much for all your kind words about me leaving EE.

“It’s so humbling to know you loved Ronnie as much as I did! Very grateful Xxx”

Rita later added: “Thanku guys 4 all the continued love & support u have shown me (and Roxy) over the years. I’m so grateful for my time on EE. Love to u all.”

In August, an EastEnders spokesperson said: “Having joined the show in 2007, Rita immediately won the hearts of the audience in the role of Roxy Mitchell and between her and Samantha Womack they created one of the most iconic duos EastEnders has ever seen.”

Other upcoming exits on EastEnders are reported to include Masood Ahmed, Les and Pam Coker, Lee Carter and Babe Smith.