Tina Carter has been missing for over a year after being brutally murdered – but actress Luisa Bradshaw-White’s life has taken a turn for the better.
Poor Tina was taken by serial killer Gary Atkins in horrifying scenes after she roared his lies and her lifeless body was taken into his care before being hidden at the Argee Bhajee.
In tonight’s emotional episodes, the devastated Carter family is delivered the traumatizing bombshell that Tina is not on the run from the police and is in fact dead.
What they don’t immediately know is that Gray, who is considered a community supporter and close friend, was responsible for her murder.
Tina may be gone, but what has Luisa been up to since her time in Albert Square came to a dramatic end?
Since viewers didn’t actually catch the moment Tina died on screen, many believed she might still be alive, but Luisa confirmed that sadly, that wasn’t the case.
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“I’m happy she can’t come back, so it’s a properly closed door, the ultimate nature I needed,” the actress said after Tina’s final scenes aired.
“Tina is a character that I’ve invested a lot in and a character that I really love, so it’s quite sad to see this ending.
“When you do an acting job you usually know the ending, this is the only job where you don’t really know the ending.
“So after all these years in a character and then you find out the ending, that’s a pretty weird experience.”
After making her debut in Albert Square in November 2013, it must have been a huge shock for Luisa to leave Walford.
After first appearing as Maria Watts in Grange Hill from 1991 to 1994, Luisa then starred in London’s Burning, A Touch of Frost, The Bill, Birds of a Feather and Bad Girls alongside Linda Henry, who portrayed her screen sister Shirley Carter should be in East Enders.
After an action-packed career, Luisa has now retired from acting and embraced an exciting new career.
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The ex-EastEnders star has revealed she’s finally found her “calling” after moving into the world of dance.
Luisa ow runs Ecstatic dance classes, which she says are the perfect way to experience the excitement of going out without the dreaded hangover.
Ecstatic dance is a type of dance and aerobic exercise in which people completely drop and let go to the rhythm of the music.
The 46-year-old and her business partner are starting a class in the small Hertfordshire village of Chorleywood, which is close to where EastEnders was filmed in Boreham Wood.
Luisa introduces the unique classes after finding solace in exercise and loving the euphoric feeling a few years ago.
The “sober rave” classes don’t follow any specific steps as people move freely to the music
In addition to facilitating the sessions, Luisa is also a DJ and offers cocoa drinks to the participants, which adds to the feeling.
Luisa tells HertsLive : “Everyone drinks the cocoa [tree that produces cocoa beans] So there’s a little ceremony and then people just start dancing and I put on the music to start really, really relaxed and then the beat picks up and the cocoa really opens your heart.
“The cocoa and the music together are such a great combination.”
Before joining the cast of EastEnders, the actress played midwife Lisa Fox in Holby City from 2001 to 2005.
She added, “When I was in Holby City I couldn’t just be in Holby City, I went away to learn alternative therapy that nourished my soul because acting doesn’t do that.”
Last month, fresh-faced Luisa was pictured outside dance school in purple hippie pants, UGG boots and an army camo jacket.
She gave photographers a thumbs up as she walked into her new business venture.
Now that she’s away from EastEnders, Luisa is also able to spend more time with her wife Annette Yeo, to whom she has been married for six years.
The couple were civil in 2006, then married in 2015 when it became legal in the UK – with their teenage daughters as bridesmaids.
Luisa and Annette adopted three and four year old sisters over 15 years ago and broke down in tears when they saw a photo before even meeting them.
“I knew the girls were my children. I had bought them clothes before we were even authorized to have them,” Luisa said.
Luisa touchingly referred to Annette as her “anchor” and “best friend” as well as the nickname “Mumma Muff”.
In April this year, Luisa shared an exuberant tribute post to her wife to mark Lesbian Visibility Week.
She wrote: “For those of you who don’t know… I’ve been with my wife @annette.yeo for 21 years.
“We have two teenage daughters. We are a very happy family. Live your truth.”
Luisa also recently opened up about living with bipolar disorder, writing about her experiences in an inspirational essay for Mental Health Awareness Week this May.
Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, is one Mental health Condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional ups and downs.
“I have bipolar disorder which I have happily been stable from for years, although looking back I am shocked I wasn’t diagnosed sooner as I see patterns of it throughout my life,” Luisa told The Metro.
“Bipolar took me to a land of hell that I just couldn’t seem to come out of.
“My heights were so out of control and leaving me extremely vulnerable and my life was filled with anxiety and worry.”
Luisa explained that it was the breathwork that finally changed everything for her.
She added, “That and ongoing self-love and self-care. Through breathwork, I learned to trade the agitated, out-of-control constant rush of adrenaline (the bipolar high) for what I now call spiritual euphoria, which was just infinitely better!”
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