Isaac Baptiste will be leaving Eastenders after two years, but why is actor Stevie Basaula leaving Albert Square?
Fans’ favorites come and go on EastEnders, with Walford serving as a constant revolving door for the cast. As he leaves the BBC soap opera behind, actor Stevie Basaula will soon join the ranks of those gone but not forgotten. He was first introduced as Sheree Baptiste’s son (played by Suzette Llewellyn).
Sheree was an old flame of Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker), a veteran neighbor, who rekindled their romance after a trip to Trinidad.
Things quickly became serious, and the couple married in 2019, with her son making an appearance in EastEnders the following month.
Sheree, on the other hand, didn’t want him in Albert Square because she was trying to conceal the fact that Patrick was his biological father, a fact that neither he nor Isaac knew about.
They’ve grown closer as father and son since the secret was revealed, but Isaac had been at the center of another tense storyline.
Isaac was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and when he stopped taking his medication, he had a nervous breakdown.
Basaula’s portrayal brought to light a mental illness that had been rarely, if ever, depicted in a soap opera.
His relationship with Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold), who has stood by him through some of his darkest moments, has also tugged at viewers’ heartstrings.
Unfortunately, this couple’s story will come to an end soon, as Basaula will be leaving the drama.
Why is Stevie Basaula leaving as Isaac Baptiste?
For many soap actors, leaving is a creative decision made by the show’s writers, not their own.
Actor Basaula, on the other hand, has decided to leave EastEnders after two years in the role.
It’s unclear when Isaac will leave Walford, so it could be a while before his departure is shown on screen.
However, Basaula claims that he made the decision because he wanted to continue his acting career.
In a statement, he said: “What a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! There’s nothing like working on one of the biggest shows in the country for over two years.
“Thank you very much for everything you’ve done for me. I’ve learned a lot during my time here, and I’m proud to have been a part of some important work, as well as to have made friends and memories that I’ll never forget.
“EastEnders has played an important role in my development as a young man and as an actor, and I’m excited and ready to embark on this new chapter of my career.”
He’s not the only big-name set to leave EastEnders this year.
Danny Dyer, who played Mick Carter on the soap, announced his departure last month.
He’ll be leaving at the end of 2022, and there’s a lot of speculation about what will happen to his character.
Meanwhile, Zack Morris, who plays Keegan Butcher-Baker on EastEnders, will be taking a break from the show.