Jacqueline and Ben's final EastEnders scenes aired last night

Jacqueline Jossa and her on-screen boyfriend Ben Hardy have officially left EastEnders. NOOO!

On last night’s show, the pair’s characters Lauren Branning and Peter Beale departed Walford for the rather more exotic climes of New Zealand.

Their exit came days after the surprising revelation that it was Peter‘s 11-year-old half-brother Bobby Beale who’d killed their sister Lucy almost a year earlier.

After learning that rather disturbing nugget of information, Peter decided to pack up and spend some time with his other half-brother Steven on the other side of the world.

Seeing as Lauren‘s expecting their baby, she chose to go with him. So off they went, wandering off into the sunset (to the train station) with nothing more than a couple of overnight bags.

Er, yeah. It’s pretty confusing if you don’t watch ‘Enders

Nevertheless, both Jacqueline, 22, and Ben, 24, seemed rather emotional about their final episode, admitting on Twitter that they’d miss filming together.

‘loved working with @benhardy0291 was a pleasure to leave with him! @bbceastenders I will miss you!’ Tweeted Jacqueline.

Ben replied: ‘Ditto! Miss you. Maybe one day Peter will come back to visit Lauren and Pete Jr (that better be his name).

Hunky Ben – who was the sixth actor to play Ian Beale‘s son – is now off to Hollywood, after reportedly landed a role in upcoming blockbuster X-Men: Apocalypse.

Meanwhile, Jacqueline is on maternity leave, having given birth to her and TOWIE boyfriend Dan Osborne‘s daughter Ella on 15 February.

Fingers crossed she’ll return when Ella‘s a little older! She has said she ‘loves’ her job.

Cheeky Ben found a rather cheeky way to congratulate Jac on her new arrival yesterday. He joked: ‘well done on losing all that chub u put on the past 9 months 😉.’

Jacqueline is clearly loving being a new mum. After the programme, she told fans: ‘Cuddles with @DannyO and ella❤️ goodnight all x.’ Nawwww.

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Anna Duff