Queen Vic landlady Linda Carter (Kellie Bright) just plain refuses to believe that her “little sausage” son Johnny (Sam Strike) is gay, despite the fact that he’s out and out told her that he is…
However, when the Carter family first arrived in Walford, Johnny was still keeping up the pretence that he’s straight, and so he flirted with Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty) much to his mum’s delight.
And it seems Linda hasn’t given up on the prospect of a romance between Whitney and Johnny, and so she invites Whit over to the pub for dinner, but bless her, Linda’s intentions are very apparent to everyone concerned, which leaves poor Johnny mortified with embarrassment…
As the evening wears on, Johnny find it hard to bite his tongue, and in the end, he loses his temper and angrily berates his mother for making it so very clear that she hates the fact that he’s gay.
We’ll see that drama on Thursday 6th February, but as we reported this week, the attention on Johnny is set to be somewhat dissipated when Mick (Danny Dyer) and Linda’s soldier son Lee comes home to Walford.
Lee is to be played by Danny-Boy Hatchard, who’s just finished touring with former Coronation Street star Suranne Jones in the critically-acclaimed theatre revival of Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing.
Of joining the cast of the BBC soap, Danny said, “I’m incredibly excited to be a part of EastEnders, a show that my family and I have watched for years.
“It’s an honour to have the chance to share the camera with such talented actors and I can’t wait to get cracking and join the Carter family.”
The soap’s Executive Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins added, “Lee Carter is going to pelt into The Square, ruffle some feathers and immediately prove that he’s a chip off his father’s block.
“But why is Lee so keen to stay in Walford and not return to the army?”
Danny-Boy will film his first scenes for the show in February, but for now, here’s a look at what’s coming up in the next visit to Albert Square…