EastEnders star Milly Zero reveals new exciting role after Dotty Cotton exit

EastEnders star Milly Zero has landed a new "exciting" role after leaving the hit BBC One soap last year as her character Dotty Cotton after three and a half years.

Taking to Instagram over the weekend, the actress, 23, revealed she would be playing Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford.

Sharing an announcement, Milly penned: "So excited to be joining @kerryellis79 and Jonathon Hyde in playing Hermia in ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ at @gatehouse_theatre!

"I have missed being on Stage SO much these last few years, so I am so excited to return with a new challenge – my first Shakespeare play! Hope to see some of you there!"

Milly's former EastEnders co-stars were quick to celebrate her new role and achievement.

Sonia Fowler star Natalie Cassidy put: "Congratulations" with a fire and heart emoji.

Mick Carter star Danny Dyer wrote: "Yesss young Zero" with star emojis.

Lola Pearce actress Danielle Harold put: "Yesss my girl" with heart emojis.

Janine Butcher star Charlie Brooks sweetly wrote: "I will be there with BELLS ON!! This is amazing news. So proud. Well done my darling xxx."

While Bernadette Taylor star Clair Norris added: "Go on Mills – can’t wait to see it".

It comes as Milly announced last year she had quit the hit BBC One soap as her character Dotty Cotton after three and a half years.

Issuing a statement on Twitter at the time, the star confirmed her exit and revealed she was ready to seek "new challenges".

It read: "After 3 & a half years – I have decided my journey with the icon that is Dotty Cotton has come to an end.

"I can't tell you how life changing and incredible my time at EastEnders has been, and how much I am going to miss it, but I am ready for new challenges now.

"Thank you to everyone that made it so special I have made friends for life, learnt huge amounts and made memories to last a lifetime.

"I can't wait for you all to watch her exit, she goes out with a bang!"

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