Strictly’s Maisie Smith hints at plans to leave EastEnders after playing Tiffany Butcher for 12 years

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Maisie Smith has dropped a huge hint that she plans to leave EastEnders.

Strictly Come Dancing star Maisie, 19, has been playing Tiffany Butcher on the BBC One soap since she was six years old.

However, the stunning red head, who recently opened up on romance rumours between her and HRVY, has revealed she is keen to spread her wings and venture onto new things.

Speaking to The Sun Online, she said: “In the future I want to try new things and I want to play new characters, but for right now I’m happy because EastEnders want me still.”

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Despite being keen to leave the comforts of Albert Square someday, the stunning actress admitted she isn’t quite ready to spread her wings and leave her family home yet.

After living alone for the first time as she trains for Strictly Come Dancing, she admitted: “I had to ring mum and ask how to use the washing machine.

“I’ve been eating fajitas every day because they’re the only things I can cook. But I have absolutely mastered them.

“No one will ever have fajitas that are better than mine.”

As well as household chores, Maisie admitted she’s struggled with loneliness while living alone and is leaning on her dance partner Gorka Marquez for emotional support.

She said: “Every morning we hug for a whole minute. I can’t go home and hug my family so I take it out on him.

“Gorka is living alone and so am I. All the loneliness we’re feeling at home we can just come in and actually hug someone.

“We have great chemistry dancing and off the dancefloor it’s the same. We’ve become really good friends. Gorka and I have realised we’re the same person.

“It’s crazy. We clicked so quickly. We can read each other’s faces and we know what we’re thinking.”

It comes after Maisie, who recently showed off her wild side with her vibrant car, said there is a rivalry between her and potential love interest HRVY on Strictly.

Speaking on Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on Thursday 5 November, Maisie was asked about her friendship with HRVY by presenter Rylan Clark-Neal.

He said: “You and HRVY are joint first at the top of that leaderboard.

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“Now I know you've always had that friendly banter, but secretly are you like, ‘Right, I'm knocking him off next week. That's it, he's off the top of the leaderboard’?”

Clearly amused by the question, the EastEnders actress responded: “When we first started, he really made it out to be like, ‘Oh, I'm not gonna be very good.’”

To which Ryan responded: “He's a liar! He's a liar!” as Maisie agreed: “Yeah! Then he came out and did that jive! And we were like, ‘Oh okay!’ So yeah, there's a bit of rivalry now because he actually fooled me a little bit.”

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