Asked By: Ian Patterson Date: created: Nov 16 2023

Who is leaving soaps EastEnders

Answered By: Donald Miller Date: created: Nov 18 2023

EastEnders actress Shona McGarty is set to leave the soap after 15 years, the BBC has confirmed. The actress joined the cast in 2008 aged 16 to portray Whitney Dean and she’s been a staple in Albert Square ever since. It has been reported that her final scenes will air early next year.

Is Phil Mitchell leaving EastEnders?

EastEnders’ Phil Mitchell exits soap as actor Steve McFadden bows out after landing new role – Published: 14:45 BST, 29 May 2023 | Updated: 14:55 BST, 29 May 2023 He has been a staple of EastEnders since his first appearance way back in 1990. However actor Steve McFadden, who plays hard man Phil Mitchell, is bowing out after landing a new role.

  1. The soap icon, 64, will be treading the boards this festive season and will appear in pantomime at Dunstable’s Grove Theatre.
  2. No stranger to the stage, Steve will be starring in Jack and The Beanstalk throughout December, meaning his character will be taking time away from Albert Square.
  3. It is not yet clear how Phil’s absence will be explained of if the exit will be a permanent one.

Exit: Eastenders’ Phil Mitchell will be exiting the soap as actor Steve McFadden, 64, bows out after landing new role Change of scene! The soap icon will be treading the boards this festive season and will appear in pantomime at Dunstable’s Grove Theatre However Lucy Benjamin is set to return to EastEnders as Lisa Fowler more than 20 years after her character shot his character.

The actress, 52, will make a Walford comeback with her granddaughter Peggy in tow. Lisa’s return is set to cause trouble for Peggy’s father Keanu Taylor (Danny Walters) when he is shocked by their presence. Soap star Lisa was last on the BBC soap for a short time four years ago when she fell pregnant by Keanu, with Lisa’s ex Phil discovering Keanu was also having an affair with his wife Sharon (Letitia Dean) at the time.

Lucy told the Mirror : ‘I can’t wait to return as Lisa after leaving for Portugal with Louise and Peggy in 2019. ‘No doubt, in true Lisa fashion, she will bring plenty of drama for many of the characters, which is why playing her is such a delight.’ In 2019, during Lisa’s brief return, her character Lisa helped her daughter flee Albert Square for Portugal after she became convinced she was responsible for Keanu’s murder.

  • However, while Keanu did not die, it was actually Phil to tried to see him off after Keanu got both his wife and daughter pregnant.
  • Actor: No stranger to the stage, Steve will be starring in Jack and The Beanstalk throughout December, meaning his character will be taking time away from Albert Square (pictured in 2003) Woes: Lucy Benjamin is set to return to EastEnders as Lisa Fowler (played by Lucy Benjamin) more than 20 years after her character shot his character Lisa and Louise have since been living with Phil’s granddaughter Peggy in the Portuguese sun and Louise has remained unaware Keanu is actually alive.

It comes after it emerged Michelle Collins is returning to EastEnders 25 years after her character was killed off. The 60-year-old actress starred as Cindy Beale on the BBC soap opera from 1988 until 1998 and is reportedly due to make a return to screens along with her on-screen husband Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), who is also heading back to the soap after a two-year break.

  1. Cindy’s return will come as a surprise for most as the character was said to have died in childbirth off-screen whilst serving time in prison for attempted murder.
  2. Back with a bang: Michelle Collins, 60, is returning to EastEnders 25 years after her character was killed off (Michelle pictured in 1989 as her character Cindy Beale alongside Adam Woodyatt, who played Ian Beale) Comeback: The actress starred as Cindy Beale on the BBC soap opera from 1988 until 1998 and is reportedly due to make a return to screens (pictured this month) A source told The Sun: ‘This has been done so secretively but it’s going to be an absolute bombshell — an unbelievable twist.

‘Ian and Cindy are one of the most memorable couples in soap history. ‘But Cindy has been dead for 25 years — and nobody will see this coming. ‘The biggest surprise is that Michelle has so often said there’s no chance she’d come back.’ Since her time on Albert Square, Michelle has carved out a successful career on both stage and screen, having enjoyed a stint as Rovers Return landlady Stella Price in rival soap opera Coronation Street and has appeared in stage productions of musicals such as Thoroughly Modern Millie and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Is Ben Mitchell going out of EastEnders?

Ben Mitchell
EastEnders character
Max Bowden as Ben Mitchell
Portrayed by
  • Matthew Silver (1996–1998)
  • Morgan Whittle (1999–2001)
  • Charlie Jones (2006–2010)
  • Joshua Pascoe (2010–2012)
  • Harry Reid (2014–2018)
  • Max Bowden (2019–present)
Duration
  • 1996–2001
  • 2006–2012
  • 2014–present
First appearance Episode 1266 21 March 1996
Classification Present; regular
Introduced by
  • Jane Harris (1996)
  • Matthew Robinson (1999)
  • John Yorke (2001)
  • Kate Harwood (2006)
  • Bryan Kirkwood (2010)
  • Dominic Treadwell-Collins (2014)
  • Kate Oates (2019)
In-universe information

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Ben Mitchell is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, who has been played by six different actors since his on-screen birth on 21 March 1996. Matthew Silver appeared as an infant Ben between 1996 and 1998, and Morgan Whittle played him as a toddler between 1999 and 2001.

After a five-year absence from the series, Charlie Jones assumed the role of Ben in 2006. In 2010, the character was recast with Joshua Pascoe in the role, who made his first appearance on 13 December 2010. Pascoe quit the role in 2012 and Ben departed on 24 August 2012. Ben’s return was announced in May 2014 with Harry Reid in the role; Ben returned on 22 September 2014.

Reid was written out of the series in 2017 and Ben departed on 12 January 2018. Ben was reintroduced in 2019 with the role recast to Max Bowden, Ben returned on 1 April 2019. Ben’s storylines include: a feud between the show’s Mitchell and Beale families for his custody; developing a love of dance and the arts, which is a source of tension between him and his father, Phil Mitchell ( Steve McFadden ); being physically and mentally abused by Phil’s girlfriend Stella Crawford ( Sophie Thompson ); struggling to come to terms with his homosexuality and then attempting to hide it before coming out ; being imprisoned for manslaughter after unintentionally killing Heather Trott ( Cheryl Fergison ); having a daughter, Lexi Pearce, with Lola Pearce ( Danielle Harold ), finding out his mother Kathy Beale ( Gillian Taylforth ) is still alive after faking her own death, relationships with Paul Coker ( Jonny Labey ) and the closeted Callum Highway ( Tony Clay ), coming to terms with Paul’s death in a homophobic attack, being shot by Hunter Owen (Charlie Winter), blackmailing Martin Fowler ( James Bye ), losing his hearing after sustaining an injury during the boat crash and going into crime with Danny Hardcastle ( Paul Usher ).

In April 2022, it was announced Ben was to feature in a male rape storyline, in which he was raped by Lewis Butler (Aidan O’Callaghan). As played by Jones, Ben received generally poor reviews from critics. Grace Dent of The Guardian wrote several negative opinion pieces on the character, and contacted the BBC with a list of suggestions for humorous storylines in which he could be killed off.

However, the storyline where Ben was abused by Stella won “Best Storyline” at the 2007 Inside Soap Awards, and was nominated for the “Best Soap Storyline” accolade at the TV Quick and TV Choice Awards. In 2012, Pascoe was nominated “Villain of the Year”, but lost out to Andrew Lancel ( Coronation Street ).

Is Ian Beale coming back to EastEnders?

When are Cindy and Ian returning to EastEnders? – Cindy and Ian Beale will be back in Walford in EastEnders on the week commencing 28th August 2023, The BBC confirmed the week of the epic drama on Wednesday 16th August 2023. Speaking at a recent event about her return, Michelle Collins revealed that she filmed her location-special “about six weeks ago”.

Asked By: Simon Jones Date: created: Mar 04 2023

Is Whitney Dean leaving EastEnders

Answered By: Adrian Morris Date: created: Mar 05 2023

Shona McGarty has called for her character Whitney Dean to get a happy ending when she leaves EastEnders, The actress will bow out from her role in the BBC One soap in early 2024 after quitting the show after 15 years on our screens. Whitney has become one of the most tragic heroines in EastEnders history, with McGarty tackling acclaimed storylines including Whitney being the victim of child sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, stalking, and also boasting a tumultuous love life.

  • So, it should come as no surprise that some fans are keen on her having a happy ending – and it seems that McGarty herself agrees.
  • Speaking to Inside Soap magazine for its EastEnders feature for the Inside Soap Awards, actress Shona McGarty was asked what her upcoming departure from the soap meant for Whitney’s happiness.

By entering your details, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions and privacy policy, You can unsubscribe at any time. McGarty answered: “As a viewer, and after playing her for so long, Whitney deserves a happy ending. The majority of comments online and when I speak to people in the street are along the lines of, ‘When is Whitney going to have her happy ending?’ and I think it’s time. Shona McGarty as Whitney Dean and James Farrar as Zack Hudson in EastEnders. BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron The character is currently going through an emotional time as the due date for her late daughter Peach arrives this week, just as Whitney’s partner Zack Hudson learns that his HIV viral load is now undetectable.

  • Een to try again for a child after they decided to terminate the pregnancy due to Peach’s Edward’s Syndrome diagnosis and prognosis, Zach suggests to Whitney they should try again to be parents.
  • However, having already suffered a miscarriage during her troubled marriage to Lee Carter (Danny-Boy Hatchard) and the loss of Peach, Whitney does not want to put herself through the experience again.

Will this spell the end for Whitney and Zack’s romance? Read more:

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Asked By: Mason Hall Date: created: Feb 02 2024

Is Stacey Solomon joining EastEnders

Answered By: Lucas Cox Date: created: Feb 02 2024

Stacey Solomon is joining EastEnders as Phil Mitchell’s latest wife in a new explosive storyline. The 33-year-old, originally from Dagenham, is set to follow in her husband’s, Joe Swash’s, footsteps and star in the BBC One soap in scenes to air this summer. Steve McFadden as Phil Mitchell in EastEnders (Image: BBC) Hardman Phil is no stranger to getting hitched after having four ex-wives. He was also going to marry Stella Crawford in 2007 and is currently engaged to Kat Slater. Let’s not forget he’s had flings with half the Square.

  1. Speaking about joining EastEnders, Stacey has said: “I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it.
  2. I’ve always wanted to be a Mitchell on EastEnders since Jamie Mitchell was run over and killed by Martin Fowler, I had the biggest crush on him.
  3. Joining Britain’s most notorious family is a dream come true.” She adds: “I know Aggie is going to be very Aggie and disliked among the Slaters for stealing Phil from Kat, but when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Speaking of drinks, is the wine in The Queen Vic real?” Steve McFadden, who plays Phil commented: “I’m thrilled to be working with Stacey. But another wife? Phil’s basically Henry VIII without a guillotine, actually see if we can get one of them put in The Arches.” Ugota B.

Joachin, the show’s assistant producer, added: “We are ecstatic to have an icon like Stacey joining the show. Their marriage is going to cause scuffles and scandal but Aggie and Phil are a power couple and will no doubt get under the skin of the whole Square.” We absolutely can’t wait. In case you hadn’t realised until this point, yes it is April 1 and this is an April Fool’s joke.

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Is Shelly leaving EastEnders?

Earlier in the week, Shirley lashed out at Mick’s new step-daughter Scarlett Butcher (Tabitha Byron) out of anger at the actions of Scarlett’s mother Janine Carter (Charlie Brooks), who was arrested on Boxing Day, However, Thursday’s episode (29th December 2022) saw Shirley make amends with Scarlett and apologise.

  1. Shirley compared Janine to her own villainous son Dean Wicks and noted that they are not evil but are capable of evil acts.
  2. After a hug from Scarlett, Shirley paid a visit to her close friend Jean Slater (Gillian Wright) and paid her a tearful farewell as she revealed she no longer felt the Square was her home.

Shirley revealed that she would be going to stay with her daughter Carly Wicks as she needed to get away from Walford. After packing up and locking up the Vic, Shirley thanked Denise Fox (Diane Parish) for calling Carly for her – Denise having once been Carly’s stepmother – and reiterated her desire to get away from the ghosts of Mick and Tina.

  • So, leaving Denise with guardianship of the Vic, Shirley walked out of Walford with bulldog Lady Di in tow.
  • So, has Shirley Carter left EastEnders for good? By entering your details, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions and privacy policy,
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  • Shirley Carter has left Walford but she has not left EastEnders.

RadioTimes.com understands that actress Linda Henry has not left the soap but Shirley is stepping away from Albert Square for the time being. Fans will no doubt breathe a sigh of relief that the legendary character is not leaving the show for good with bulldog Lady Di in tow. Linda Henry as Shirley Carter in EastEnders BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron The scenes come following the exit of Danny Dyer as Mick Carter on Christmas Day and Charlie Brooks as Janine Carter on Boxing Day. The Queen Vic pub appears to be remaining closed for the time being and Shirley has left the pub in the care of her friend Denise Fox.

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Who is the new Mitchell in EastEnders?

EastEnders’ Sam Mitchell will seemingly return to the BBC soap very soon, as actress Kim Medcalf is said to be back on the set filming after her recent exit sparked fears with viewers Video Loading Video Unavailable EastEnders: Sam Mitchell returns to the square in April EastEnders is lining up the return of Sam Mitchell later this year, and BBC soap fans are thrilled. Actress Kim Medcalf appears to be back filming with the show after being spotted back on set.

  • Sam left for Spain back in April, just months after her long-awaited return to the show,
  • Sam had been off screen since 2016, while actress Kim had not played her since 2005.
  • Now, after months of her being away just a year after her big comeback, it appears she will be back on screen before the end of the year.

Fans of the show claimed on Twitter that she had been spotted back at the studios again for the first time since her departure earlier in the year. Tweets suggested a fan had possibly met her there, confirming her return to Walford was imminent and should be within weeks.

  1. The tweets were backed by reports suggesting she was indeed returning, with Kim back filming.
  2. EastEnders is lining up the return of Sam Mitchell later this year ( Image: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron) According to Metro.co.uk, the actress is understood to be back filming again and could be on screen within six weeks.

Details of the big return remain under wraps, with a return date not confirmed. The Mirror has reached out to the BBC for comment. It was recently feared she would not return, after a comment made by her son Ricky Mitchell about her absence. Sam had promised to be back for the arrival of her granddaughter baby Charli, who 12-year-old Ricky welcomed with Lily Slater, 12, last week.

Lily’s birth was earlier than her due date, and when Ricky reached out to Sam she said she could not be there. Ricky handed Lily a gift from Sam, and appeared to cut ties with his mum not believing she was going to be there for him. Ricky and Sam had an estranged relationship for some time after she left him in Walford a few years back, but recently they got things back on track.

So can Sam win her son back over when she returns, and is this why she is back? Ricky’s frustration at his mum and her delayed return left fans worried she would not be back. EastEnders airs Mondays to Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. * Follow Mirror Celebs and TV on Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Threads,

Asked By: Carter Lee Date: created: Apr 06 2023

Is Peter Beale leaving EastEnders

Answered By: Antonio Peterson Date: created: Apr 07 2023

Why did Peter leave EastEnders and what happened between he, Kathy and Ben? – Peter, played by Dayle Hudson at the time, felt betrayed by Kathy after she covered for Ben (Picture: BBC / Jack Barnes / Kieron McCarron) Peter, played by Dayle Hudson at the time, departed Walford in July last year after a heated showdown with nan Kathy and brother Bobby, disowning his family as he packed up his belongings and headed straight for the Tube station,

  1. His reasons for departing were due to him having found out that Ben was the one who attacked him outside a nightclub several months earlier, with Kathy not only aware of what her son did, but having provided him with an alibi, meaning that Peter had no-one to corroborate his version of events.
  2. Ben was seriously struggling at the time, after he was raped by Lewis Butler (Aidan O’Callaghan), and he resorted to attacking homophobes.

Peter, who was wearing similar attire to that of a homophobe from earlier in the day, was brutally attacked by Ben in a case of mistaken identity, Kathy soon uncovered the truth and vowed to keep it a secret. Ben took shocking action on Peter upon realising he’d gone to the police over the attack (Picture: BBC) Peter, however, soon found out what Ben had done and, despite his feelings on the matter, he agreed to keep quiet – that is, until Ben spilled the beans about him having sex with Dana Monroe (Barbara Smith) to a devastated Bobby. Peter stormed out of Walford, feeling utterly unloved and unwanted (Picture: BBC) Kathy therefore took action, providing Ben with a false alibi, which ultimately led to his release. Peter was left crushed by Kathy’s betrayal, with vengeful Ben branding him a ‘grass’, before forcing his own nephew’s head down the sink, holding him under water for a few moments. Peter is determined to make amends upon his return, hopeful to make the chippy a thriving business (Picture: BBC / Jack Barnes / Kieron McCarron) Having had access to the finances as manager at Walford East at the time, Peter cleaned out Kathy’s account, leaving her in quite the pickle, which has led to her having to sell the chippy.

Peter certainly has some making up to do, that’s for sure, and he sets out to do just that, though Ben isn’t showing any signs of forgiveness, as he confronts his nephew over his crimes in upcoming scenes. EastEnders airs Mondays to Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One or stream episodes first daily at 6am on BBC iPlayer.

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Is Steve McFadden left EastEnders?

Career – McFadden made his acting debut playing a small role in the 1989 BBC television film The Firm, That same year, he had an uncredited brief appearance in the film Buster as a gang member. This was followed by appearances in the television series The Bill, Minder and Bergerac,

  1. McFadden then began portraying the role of Phil Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders,
  2. He joined EastEnders at the beginning of 1990, at the same time as Ross Kemp, who played Phil’s younger brother Grant Mitchell,
  3. During that time, his character was involved in numerous iconic storylines, such as Sharongate (in which it was revealed that he had an affair with his brother’s wife Sharon ) in 1994, and the Who Shot Phil? storyline in March 2001, when his character was shot and wounded by a mystery attacker.

McFadden then made an appearance in the film Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000), and starred in an episode of the BBC anthology series Murder in Mind in 2001. He left EastEnders in late 2003 for a one-year break to concentrate on pantomimes, His character was written out of the series after being framed for an armed robbery by Den Watts (played by Leslie Grantham ), and going on the run after breaking out of prison.

During his break from EastEnders, he presented the reality television series Britain’s Hardest, which was an underground competition broadcast on Sky One, He returned to EastEnders for two episodes in April 2005. In the story, Phil returned to Walford in need of financial help, only to be arrested and returned to prison.

In October 2005, he returned on a permanent basis, after his character was cleared of armed robbery. In 2007, he appeared in the film Provoked, He has also appeared as Captain Hook in a pantomime production of Peter Pan from 2010 to 2011 at The Swan,

Is Sam Mitchell coming back to EastEnders?

Sam Mitchell
EastEnders character
Kim Medcalf as Sam Mitchell (2022)
Portrayed by
  • Danniella Westbrook (1990–2000, 2009–2016)
  • Kim Medcalf (2002–2005, 2022–present)
  • Laila Murphy (2022 flashback)
Duration
  • 1990–1993
  • 1995–1996
  • 1999–2000
  • 2002–2005
  • 2009–2010
  • 2016
  • 2022–present
First appearance Episode 569 19 July 1990
Classification Present; regular
Introduced by
  • Michael Ferguson (1990)
  • Corinne Hollingworth (1995)
  • Matthew Robinson (1999)
  • John Yorke (2002)
  • Diederick Santer (2009)
  • Dominic Treadwell-Collins (2016)
  • Kate Oates (2022)
Spin-off appearances Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do (2003) Marsden’s Video Diaries (2010)
Danniella Westbrook as Sam Mitchell (2016)
In-universe information

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Sam Mitchell (also Butcher and Hunter ) is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, The third member of the Mitchell family to appear on the soap, Sam was introduced as a 15-year-old schoolgirl in July 1990, originally played by Danniella Westbrook,

  1. Westbrook quit in 1993, but Sam reappeared from 1995 to 1996 and from 1999 to 2000.
  2. In both stints, Sam was written out earlier than the producers intended due to off-screen controversies surrounding Westbrook.
  3. In early 2002, Sam was introduced for a fourth time, but the role was recast to Kim Medcalf, who stayed in the role until late 2005.

Diederick Santer later decided to reintroduce Sam for a brief stint in 2009 and opted to bring Westbrook back. Westbrook briefly reprised the role once again in 2016 for the funeral of Sam’s mother Peggy Mitchell ( Barbara Windsor ). In January 2022, it was announced that Sam would be returning to the show, this time played by Medcalf again.

Sam was initially portrayed as a young, naïve girl who had initially relied less upon her mother Peggy than her older brothers Phil ( Steve McFadden ) and Grant Mitchell ( Ross Kemp ), although she gradually evolved into becoming more flirty, headstrong, and charismatic, with a determination to be taken more seriously.

As a teenager, Sam falls in love and elopes with Ricky Butcher ( Sid Owen ). Later, she feuds with Den’s wife Chrissie Watts ( Tracy-Ann Oberman ) after she incriminates both Sam and Zoe Slater ( Michelle Ryan ) for Den’s murder, which led to Sam leaving the soap in 2005 to escape punishment for perverting the course of justice.

Amongst various feuds with many characters, other storylines have seen her key involvement in Den Watts ‘ ( Leslie Grantham ) murder, as well as struggling to cope with motherhood after giving birth to Ricky Mitchell (Henri Charles/Frankie Day). Sam’s various stints on the soap have received a mixed reception with both Westbrook and Medcalf having received praise and criticism for their portrayals of the role.

Critics have written that across her stints, Sam has felt like various different characters due to differences in writing, storylines and the actress portraying her. However, viewers have preferred Medcalf in the role as they feel that she makes the character multi-layered.

Asked By: Sean Lewis Date: created: Mar 06 2024

Why did EastEnders recast Ben Mitchell

Answered By: Martin Rivera Date: created: Mar 09 2024

Real reason Ben Mitchell was recast again on EastEnders revealed Actor Harry Reid has been replaced by Waterloo Road star Max Bowden – a decision that new soap boss Kate Oates admits is controversial

  • EastEnders fans might get whiplash at the rate that the BBC soap keeps recasting Ben Mitchell.
  • Even so, viewers were left bemused when it was announced that fan favourite, making him the sixth actor to play Phil Mitchell’s son.
  • And new soap boss Kate Oates has opened up about the reason behind the recasting – and why they had chosen to do so just a year after Harry’s controversial exit.
  • Speaking at the NTAs yesterday, Kate explained that she wanted to take the character in a different direction.
  • She insisted that she thought Harry was a good actor and that he did “really well” with Ben.

Ben Mitchell has been recast for the sixth time – with Max Bowden now taking over the role ( BBC / Jack Barnes) Harry Reid left the soap in a controversial storyline last year ( BBC) But she told : “I just want to take the character in a different direction and that’s why I’ve gone for somebody different and I know that recasts sometimes ruffle some feathers and I know that sometimes people think they won’t gel with that character the same way they used to.” Kate said that she hoped viewers would give Max a chance and that she was really excited by the storylining.

  1. This has included his physical and mental abuse at the hands of Phil’s girlfriend Stella, struggling to come to terms with his sexuality, killing Heather Trott, having a daughter with Lola Pearce, his secret romance with Paul Coker and having a relationship with the son of his mum’s rapist.
  2. Actor Harry took to to react to his exit and thank fans for supporting him last year.

Joshua Pascoe starred as Ben from 2010 until 2012 ( BBC) Charlie Jones appeared as Ben from 2006 until 2010 ( BBC) Minutes before his last episode aired, he said in a video: “Hello everyone, just a quick message. I wanted to say a few words because my last episode of EastEnders is going on air in 10 minutes.

  • I just wanted to say thank you really, thank you to everyone who’s been supporting me during my time on EastEnders.
  • To the fan groups and all the collages they’ve done and the videos.
  • You know everyone on here on Instagram and – on all social media that’s really documented my time on there and I really appreciate it.” *EastEnders continues on Monday on BBC One at 8pm Do you have a story to sell? Get in touch with us at or call us direct 0207 29 33033 You can find this story in Or by navigating to the user icon in the top right.

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Is Keanu leaving EastEnders?

EastEnders’ Keanu left for dead as fans ‘work out’ character’s tragic exit EastEnders fans have worked out a heartbreaking exit for Keanu Taylor on the BBC One soap after his life hung in the balance on the show tonight when he was beaten up by Ravi EastEnders: Keanu is attacked

  • fans are sure they’ve cracked a heartbreaking exit for Keanu Taylor after he was left to dead tonight.
  • It’s been quite a dramatic few days for Keanu, who was hoping to be celebrating the christening of his and Sharon’s son Albie, after the pair finally got back together following some up and downs in their relationship.
  • However, things didn’t go quite to plan at the christening, as Keanu was arrested right outside the church by the police after they found multiple batches of cocaine in the van which he had agreed to drive for Ravi and his criminal boss.

Ravi attacked Keanu after a request from his criminal bosses ( BBC) Keanu had agreed to drive the van for Ravi’s boss after being put out by his friends splashing the cash for Albie for his christening present. He was determined to earn more to support his family and ended up looking to illegal means.

  1. Late for the event, he was forced to leave the van – which was packed full of cocaine in white goods items – outside the church, with the police intercepting him and seizing the vehicle and arresting Keanu.
  2. He was later realised on bail, and returned to the Queen Vic to celebrate with everyone, but Sharon was fuming and devastated he had got caught up in the drugs and all that was happening.
  3. Horrified, she refused to speak to him before he was forced to leave and head to work – where he was quickly let go by boss Phil.

Is Keanu dead? ( BBC) Determined to make things right, he called Sharon and hurried towards her house – just as Ravi stepped out and stopped him. The pair had a tense exchange of words, where Ravi warned him not to say anything, before he beat him up and left him for dead on the pavement, leaving fans horrified by the exchange.

  • Eanu seemed lifeless as he laid on the floor.
  • Fans of the soap are now convinced they’ve worked out a heartbreaking exit for Keanu.
  • Omg are they gonna kill off keanu,” one fan suggested, whilst another added: “Horrible what Ravi did to Keanu and then runs away from the scene because he heard voices,” A third shared: “Why would Ravi beat up Keanu and then tell him to get up and act like nothing happened? It’s clear that Christos has Ravi on a tight leash and is feeding him instructions.

Poor Keanu doesn’t deserve this.,” You can find this story in Or by navigating to the user icon in the top right. : EastEnders’ Keanu left for dead as fans ‘work out’ character’s tragic exit

Who is the new family in EastEnders?

A new family will shortly be arriving on Albert Square as EastEnders welcomes four new cast members to the BBC soap opera. Viewers will soon be introduced to the Knight family and they are set to shake things up as they take over as new owners of the Queen Vic pub.

  1. James Bond star Colin Salmon, Absolutely Fabulous’ Harriet Thorpe, Strictly Come Dancing finalist Molly Rainford and actress Francesca Henry are all joining the popular show.
  2. A teaser ahead of the Knight family’s arrival reveals: “With Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) struggling to manage the pub since Mick’s disappearance, both Sharon Watts and the Panesars are vying to join forces with Linda to run Albert Square’s iconic pub.

However, little do they know that Linda is secretly teaming up with her mother, Elaine Peacock, who will be bringing her new lover, George Knight, and his two daughters, Gina and Anna, to the Square.” Executive producer Chris Clenshaw said of the Knights’ arrival on the Square: “The arrival of the Knights brings a new dawn to Albert Square.

George Knight is a charming rogue and an old-school gent who dotes on his two daughters, Gina and Anna. George will take up residence in The Queen Vic when he joins his beloved Elaine, a powerhouse of a land-lady who knows just how to have fun. The couple will be joined by feisty, determined and demanding Gina, who is as sharp and cool as cut diamonds but with a temper that blazes like fire, whereas younger sister, Anna is fun, loveable, and big-hearted, but don’t underestimate her.

George, Gina and Anna have been bound together for years and arriving in Walford is the fresh-start the Knights are looking for.” Read more: Maisie Smith addresses relationship age gap concerns with pop star boyfriend Max George But who are the actors behind Albert Square’s newest family? Here’s everything you need to know.

Why is Billy leaving EastEnders?

Why did Billy leave EastEnders? – Billy was very nearly sent down for murder after DCI Keeble (Alison Newman) had him fitted up for a crime he didn’t commit, all so that she could avenge the death of her father. He became the subject of Keeble’s hate-campaign against the Mitchell clan, after her dad died as a result of the family’s involvement in a crime in the late seventies. Billy faced a murder charge (Picture: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron) A special flashback episode revealed that Mitchell patriarch Eric was the one who killed the man in question, Keeble also kidnapped Kat (Jessie Wallace) and Tommy (Sonny Kendall) – but Billy’s cousin Phil came to their rescue,

Phil felt guilty about what Billy had gone through. Seeing his cousin struggle financially after the court case, Phil arranged a job for Billy away from Walford – but at first his pride and Lola’s illness stopped him from accepting it. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Realising he could use the money to help Lola, Billy took the job and left Albert Square.

But when Lola discovered she only had six months to live, she made everyone promise not to tell Billy, as she wanted to do that in person. Now he’s coming back, and it’s going to be heartbreaking for him. MORE : EastEnders spoilers: Kim’s exit revealed as Howie has her jailed? MORE : EastEnders star Diane Parish reveals heartbreak as the end comes for Denise and Jack MORE : EastEnders spoilers: Amy relapses into self harm amid painful secret? Follow Metro across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Share your views in the comments below

Why is Cindy back in EastEnders?

More like this – Cindy and Ian have now returned to EastEnders permanently after Cindy journeyed to Walford to retrieve her son Peter (Thomas Law) – who was aware he now had half-sisters living in Walford – and experienced confrontations with former mother-in-law Kathy Cotton (Gillian Taylforth) and then George himself.

Asked By: Walter Murphy Date: created: Jun 27 2023

Are Cindy and Ian back together

Answered By: Patrick Thompson Date: created: Jun 30 2023

EastEnders character Cindy Beale has returned to the soap after 25 years and has rekindled a relationship with former husband Ian Beale. It was revealed during Thursday’s episode that Cindy, played by Michelle Collins, 61, had been put into witness protection, even though Ian was told that she had died in prison in 1998 whilst giving birth. Michelle Collins has reprised her role as Cindy Beale (Jack Barnes/BBC/PA) Peter Beale (Thomas Law) also made a return to the show, joined by his son Louie Beale and Louie’s mother Lauren Branning (Jacqueline Jossa). Law said he had hoped to return to the long-running soap since his departure in 2010, but “never thought it would happen”.

“Over the years, I had hoped for a return to the Square although I never thought it would happen so it’s an absolute delight to be back in Walford as Peter Beale,” he said. “It’s been great to see familiar and new faces, and I can’t wait to explore the character again in the wake of Cindy’s return – it’s an exciting time to return.” In the episode, Ian and Cindy discussed a move back to Walford after they were told that the inmate Cindy had given information about has died, meaning that her witness protection programme has come to an end.

At the end of Wednesday’s episode, it was revealed that Cindy has been going by the name of the mysterious Rose Knight, after audiences were teased with a shot of Cindy sitting on a sun lounger with a glass of wine in hand and an unanswered phone call from George Knight. Cindy Beale relaxing on a sun lounger somewhere in France (Jack Barnes/BBC/PA) George joined the square relatively recently to be with his partner Elaine Peacock (Harriet Thorpe) who is the mother of Linda Carter (Kellie Bright). Since his arrival, George has enlisted the help of Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) to try to find Rose, who he does not realise is also Cindy Beale.

Asked By: Gerld Martinez Date: created: Dec 02 2023

How long is Cindy back in EastEnders for 2023

Answered By: Blake Ross Date: created: Dec 03 2023

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cindy Beale
EastEnders character
Portrayed by Michelle Collins
Duration 1988–1990, 1992–1998, 2023–present
First appearance Episode 340 10 May 1988
Classification Present; regular
Introduced by

Julia Smith (1988) Leonard Lewis (1992) Jane Harris (1997) Chris Clenshaw (2023)

Spin-off appearances The Ghosts of Ian Beale (2014)
In-universe information

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Cindy Beale (also Williams ) is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Michelle Collins, She first appeared 10 May 1988 and originally departed on 27 December 1990, before returning as one of the show’s central antagonists from 13 October 1992 until her exit episode on 10 April 1998; the character supposedly died off-screen during childbirth on 5 November 1998.

During her first stint on the show, Cindy embarked on a prolonged relationship with her would-be husband Ian Beale ( Adam Woodyatt ). Their marriage soon deteriorated, however, due to Cindy’s selfish streak that shows the character becoming unfaithful to Ian and growing more concerned about her own needs than their own children.

She lies and schemes to ensure that she gets what she wants. It was reported on 19 May 2023 that Collins would be making a shock return to the show after 25 years away, thus “resurrecting” the character from the dead. She returned on 21 June 2023 for two episodes where it is revealed that Cindy never died and that under the witness protection programme, she had assumed the identity of Rose Knight, the wife of George Knight ( Colin Salmon ) and the mother of Gina ( Francesca Henry ) and Anna ( Molly Rainford ).

Asked By: George Russell Date: created: Feb 10 2023

Is Suki leaving EastEnders for good

Answered By: Michael Phillips Date: created: Feb 11 2023

Is Suki Panesar leaving EastEnders? – We can confirm that Suki Panesar won’t be leaving EastEnders, Suki was seen motionless – but we can confirm she survives the fall (Picture: BBC) In episodes airing next week (w/c June 12), fans will be relieved to see that Suki has survived the fall. Eve is completely distressed about what’s happened to the woman she loves – and the fact that, after she’s released from the hospital, she’s sent back home to Nish. Suki does survive after being checked over in hospital – but Nish is still by her side (Picture: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron) Will Suki and Eve ever get away from him? (Picture: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron) Some serious consequences for Nish, not long out of prison, emerge as a result. Additionally, actress Balvinder Sopal recently discussed what’s to come for her character in a chat with Metro.co.uk,

‘There’s always big stuff coming up, I guess you’re just going to have to ‘keep watching’ – that’s the line,’ she teased at the 2023 British Soap Awards, ‘There is lots of stuff, and this triangle is very intriguing and there is a lot of curiosity around who is going to do what and how. I just think as the relationships deepen and become a lot more intricate, you’ll have to see whose side you want to take.

It’s brilliant!’ To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video If you’ve been delving into EastEnders’ Christmas deat h storyline, you’ll know that Suki is somehow involved – meaning she’s sticking around for a good while yet.

Balvinder told us: ‘It’s very exciting, absolutely thrilling but also nerve-wracking because I’m like: “Am I going to be able to hit the highs that they need?” ‘People love it and there is a lot of buzz around it. We’re all a bit curious about it as well. It’s lovely the way it’s unravelling for everybody at the same time.

She added: ‘I have to say Suki Panesar is only three years young so to be among legacy characters like Sharon, Kathy, Linda, Stacey and Denise I couldn’t have imagined it.’ EastEnders continues tonight at 7.30pm on BBC One. MORE : EastEnders spoilers: Vinny discovers Suki and Eve’s affair after horrific event? MORE : EastEnders’ Heather Peace reveals why Eve and Suki romance is so important MORE : EastEnders spoilers: Exit for Nish as he’s arrested for trying to kill Suki? Follow Metro across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Share your views in the comments below

Does Sam Mitchell leave EastEnders?

Second reintroduction and axing (1999–2000) – In November 1998, Westbrook revealed to Hello! magazine that she was “desperate” to return to EastEnders, because she was in need of the money. According to Westbrook, actors Mike Reid and Barbara Windsor who both appeared as Frank and Peggy Butcher were keen to have her back on the cast too.

Her plea came at a time when executive producer Matthew Robinson had already considered bringing Sam back, but because of Westbrook’s past problems, he wanted to recast the role to another actress. However, the BBC’s Controller of Continuing Drama Series, Mal Young, thought they were judging Westbrook unfairly, believing a lot of the stories printed about her in the tabloid press.

On his say so, Westbrook was offered another contract to reprise the role of Sam. In May 1999, Westbrook said, “It’s my dream come true. Sam is a great character and I’m thrilled to be given another chance to play her. The storyline is excellent and I think it’s safe to say there’ll be a few family fireworks once I’m back in town.” Executive producer Matthew Robinson said, “We are delighted to be welcoming back the popular character of Sam Butcher to the Square for storylines that are certain to intrigue our viewers.” The character made her return on-screen on 22 July 1999 and was involved in the storyline relating to actor Ross Kemp’s departure, and romances with her brothers’ enemies Beppe di Marco ( Michael Greco ) and Steve Owen ( Martin Kemp ).

Despite Westbrook’s claims that her close friend Mike Reid had backed her decision to return, he and other EastEnders actors later publicly denounced the BBC’s decision in a documentary about Westbrook, as they had first hand experience of Westbrook’s addiction on set and were concerned for her welfare.

It was reported that Westbrook underwent constant drug tests to keep her job, but at this time, her excessive use of cocaine had completely eroded away her nasal septum. In order to hide this from the audience, she was only filmed in ways that would keep her septum hidden from view.

However, Westbrook’s drug-use continued, and following more press speculation about her private life, the BBC announced in January 2000 that she was being axed from the soap once again. A BBC spokesman said: “Danniella Westbrook’s contract has not been renewed. Her character Sam Mitchell will move to north London, leaving the door open for her to return in the future.” Westbrook added: “I will always love working on EastEnders, especially with the cast.

Sam’s departure to north London gives me the chance to explore more opportunities.” Speaking to London’s radio station Capital 95.8, Westbrook denied she had been sacked, saying she decided to leave because she was getting married and she wanted to spend time with her husband.

  1. She added, “I’ll maybe go back to EastEnders in six months, so it’s an amicable split.” Westbrook did not return and made her final appearance as Sam on 24 January 2000.
  2. She has since confessed that her drug taking was the reason why she was written out.
  3. In her autobiography she comments, “I wasn’t fired this time, but let’s just say when they gave me the opportunity to walk I took it.

I was no longer interested in acting and that had become blatantly obvious to everyone on set. The soap was now being shown four times a week and it was impossible to balance the workload with my addiction Not only had destroyed my nose, but it was about to destroy my career again as well The producers were tiring of my behaviour When I did leave the production at the end of 1999 it was in fact a fairly mutual decision.

Is Tommy leaving EastEnders?

EastEnders star confirms exit from soap in online post with role ‘to be recast’ EastEnders actor Shay Crotty will no longer be playing Kat Slater’s son Tommy Moon, while reports suggest the character will remain on the BBC soap

  • EastEnders star Shay Crotty has thanked the BBC soap and his cast mates, after confirming he is leaving the show after around four years in the role of Tommy Moon.
  • The son of Kat Slater was born on the BBC soap in 2010, while Shay took on the role in 2015.
  • After some time away from the Square with Kat and stepfather Alfie Moon, Shay returned to the role in 2018 and has played him since.
  • Tommy recently appeared in moving scenes when he was seen confiding in Kush Kazemi about his struggles with school.
  • He was soon diagnosed with dyslexia, and teacher Isaac Baptiste helped tutor him outside of school.

EastEnders star Shay Crotty has thanked the BBC soap and his cast mates, after confirming he is leaving the show ( BBC)

  1. Actor Shay has now departed the role though, he confirmed on social media, with him filming his final scenes.
  2. Taking to, he shared a series of pictures with fellow cast members including on-screen mother, and actress Gillian Wright who plays Jean Slater.
  3. He thanked the team for his time on the show, and praised his co-stars as he bid farewell to the role.

Taking to Instagram, he shared a series of pictures with fellow cast members including on-screen mother Jessie Wallace ( shay_crotty09/Instagram) He posted: “Thank you @bbceastenders for having me and making me part of the team!! “I’ve had the best years with you, I’ve learnt so much and had the best time both on and off set with the best family.” Shay added: “Gonna miss you so much mummy Kat (Jessie) we had such fun and laughs over the years!! He thanked the team for his time on the show, and praised his co-stars as he bid farewell to the role ( shay_crotty09/Instagram) “It was just a such pleasure working with you and dad @theshanerichie, I learnt so much from you both and laughed so much!! Best family on the square #fact.” EastEnders have yet to officially announce the departure of Shay, or said what will happen to Tommy.

  • It’s not clear when the change might happen or if it will be addressed on the BBC soap.
  • Viewers commented underneath Shay’s online posts to wish him luck, and bid him farewell.
  • The Mirror have reached out to the BBC for comment.
  • EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays at 8pm, and Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm on BBC One.

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Is Keanu leaving EastEnders?

EastEnders’ Keanu left for dead as fans ‘work out’ character’s tragic exit EastEnders fans have worked out a heartbreaking exit for Keanu Taylor on the BBC One soap after his life hung in the balance on the show tonight when he was beaten up by Ravi EastEnders: Keanu is attacked

  • fans are sure they’ve cracked a heartbreaking exit for Keanu Taylor after he was left to dead tonight.
  • It’s been quite a dramatic few days for Keanu, who was hoping to be celebrating the christening of his and Sharon’s son Albie, after the pair finally got back together following some up and downs in their relationship.
  • However, things didn’t go quite to plan at the christening, as Keanu was arrested right outside the church by the police after they found multiple batches of cocaine in the van which he had agreed to drive for Ravi and his criminal boss.

Ravi attacked Keanu after a request from his criminal bosses ( BBC) Keanu had agreed to drive the van for Ravi’s boss after being put out by his friends splashing the cash for Albie for his christening present. He was determined to earn more to support his family and ended up looking to illegal means.

  1. Late for the event, he was forced to leave the van – which was packed full of cocaine in white goods items – outside the church, with the police intercepting him and seizing the vehicle and arresting Keanu.
  2. He was later realised on bail, and returned to the Queen Vic to celebrate with everyone, but Sharon was fuming and devastated he had got caught up in the drugs and all that was happening.
  3. Horrified, she refused to speak to him before he was forced to leave and head to work – where he was quickly let go by boss Phil.

Is Keanu dead? ( BBC) Determined to make things right, he called Sharon and hurried towards her house – just as Ravi stepped out and stopped him. The pair had a tense exchange of words, where Ravi warned him not to say anything, before he beat him up and left him for dead on the pavement, leaving fans horrified by the exchange.

  1. Eanu seemed lifeless as he laid on the floor.
  2. Fans of the soap are now convinced they’ve worked out a heartbreaking exit for Keanu.
  3. Omg are they gonna kill off keanu,” one fan suggested, whilst another added: “Horrible what Ravi did to Keanu and then runs away from the scene because he heard voices,” A third shared: “Why would Ravi beat up Keanu and then tell him to get up and act like nothing happened? It’s clear that Christos has Ravi on a tight leash and is feeding him instructions.

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