EastEnders’ Karen star Lorraine Stanley poses with rarely-seen fiancé amid soap exit

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Lorraine Stanley, who plays Karen Taylor in EastEnders has been enjoying a holiday with her fiancé, Mark Perez, after filming her last scenes on the soap.

The pair , who got engaged in July after being together for nine years, enjoyed a camping getaway to the seaside town of Swanage in Dorset over the weekend.

Lorraine, 47, shared a sweet snap of herself and Mark at their campsite, as she jokingly wrote: "Camp skanks".

The actress could be seen wearing a simple black t-shirt with sunglasses and a cap, whilst Mark pouted at the camera in a denim shirt.

Their trip comes after Lorraine filmed her final scenes as Karen Taylor on EastEnders, after being written out of the soap following seven years of playing the character.

On 4 August, she took to Instagram to share an emotional post on the big day.

It read: "Hey everyone! I’m so grateful for all of your lovely messages this past week. Thank you to @daranlittle for creating the Taylors and to the BBC for giving me the opportunity to play such a fabulous character, @bbceastenders

"I’ll be sad to be saying goodbye to Karen Taylor and will miss all the cast and crew at Eastenders. However I’m looking forward to my next chapter and excited about being a jobbing Actor again & starting new ventures Again your kind words of support have been amazing!!! I’m going to miss my Taylor/Baker famalam @clair_norris @danny_walters & Roger @matthew_james_morrison ….Much love xxx @chrislilley #iloveyouMrG #mylastdaybelikemrG…."

Her fans flooded the comments, as they expressed their disbelief that she was leaving.

One wrote: "If this isn’t your own decision it’s crazy , Karen is iconic at this stage and will be a major loss , what are they thinking."

Another said: "It won't be the same without you. Karen is the only realistic character on the square and I feel like they're making a big mistake."

A third commented: "I’m absolutely gutted!! You are my fav character even my 9 year old twins love you always giggling away when you come on screen."

Whilst the storyline for Lorraine's exit from EastEnders is being kept firmly under wraps, there is speculation that her character could be killed off.

Despite her obvious sadness at leaving the show, Lorraine's personal life has recently taken a turn for the better after her longterm partner, Mark, popped the question.

Announcing the news on Instagram, Lorraine shared a sweet collage of images from their relationship together, as she penned: "Almost 10 years with you, I can now call you my Fiancé , I can’t wait to marry you Mark Perez, I love you and Nancy so much!!!!! Xxx us forever xxx new chapter".

The couple have been together since 2014, and have one daughter together, Nancy, who was born in 2015.

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