In the lead up to leaving EastEnders, Steve John Shepherd has promised fans a “gruesome and gothic” Albert Square exit.
Fans of the hit BBC soap will know how Shepherd’s character, Michael Moon, is currently at loggerheads with his estranged wife, Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks), in a custody battle over there young daughter, Scarlet.
Janine up-sticks and left the soap six months ago, leaving Michael penniless and holding the baby, after she believed that he was only after her for her inherited millions.
In her absence Michael stepped up to the role of both mum and dad to the child, with a little help from his appointed nanny, Alice Branning (Jasmyn Banks).
So, when Janine turned up in the iconic Square last week, Michael was less than happy to see her, and horrified to learn that she intended to get full custody of Scarlet.
Seeming to have given up, letting Janine move back in to the house and agreeing to limited access which Janine never follows through with, the actor who plays Michael, Steve John Shepherd, has revealed that there is way more drama still to come!
The actor, who announced his decision to quit the award-winning soap earlier this year, described his exit to Soaplife: “It’s leading to a gruesome and gothic finale. As you know, I’m leaving EastEnders later this year and I’m really pleased that things between Janine and Michael are going to be ghastly.
“I’m looking forward to it as I enjoy working with Charlie Brooks.
“It’s going to be a real battle of wits, and Michael doesn’t contemplate the idea of losing for a minute.”
Things take an unexpected twist for Michael when cunning Janine re-hires Alice as Scarlet’s nanny. The actor explained:
“Alice can let him know what Janine is up to. And, of course, he has more chance of getting access to Scarlett if she is in Alice’s care.”
Watch an interview with Steve John Shepherd from last year in the clip below:
EastEnders can be seen Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights on BBC1/BBC1 HD.