MAISIE Smith has been seen for the first time since it was reported that she is quitting EastEnders for Hollywood.
The 19-year-old star has been keeping a relatively low profile since last month’s Strictly Come Dancing final, and has barely posted on her usually-active social media pages.
But the actress looked relaxed as she stepped out to run errands close to her family home.
Maisie went make-up free as she covered up her mouth and nose with a simple black protective face mask.
She dressed for comfort, in an oversized T-shirt and baggy grey tracksuit bottoms, keeping warm in a puffer jacket.
The beauty completed the look with trainers and a pink handbag, clutching onto some packages as she battled the dreary weather.
Her flame-hair was straight and loose around her shoulders, and the teen appeared to be lost in thought as she ran errands.
The photos come one day after it was reported that Maisie was planning on quitting EastEnders in October – after 13 years of playing Tiffany Butcher-Baker.
She is said to have been inundated with lucrative offers and brand deals that she cannot take on until out of her BBC contract due to strict rules against advertising.
Sources say Maisie had the option to stay — but is now determined to take on a new challenge, with quitting set to see her bow out of the soap at Christmas.
A source told the MailOnline that the star has ambitions to crack Hollywood like former co-stars Ben Hardy and Himesh Patel.
They told the publication: “Maisie is hugely ambitious and wants to test herself away from soaps.
“Starring in movies is a personal goal and seeing how well Ben and Himesh have done, it’s given her hope she could be the next box office star from EastEnders.
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“The only stumbling block is whether Covid-19 and the knock-on effect of the pandemic will dilute the pool of acting opportunities.
“If it remains bleak, the sensible move might be staying put for another year. But the intention is to leave in October.”
The source insisted that Maisie doesn’t want her character to be killed off – and may return one day.
Maisie joined EastEnders when she was just seven years old, and has played the lovable character on and off ever since.