EastEnders’ Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater) will be sensationally killed off this spring in one of the BBC soap’s biggest ever mysteries.
The shock plot is the brainchild of Executive Producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins, who has been carefully crafting Lucy’s demise since taking up office in August last year.
The official EastEnders website states that the plot won’t play out as a ‘typical whodunit’ and instead will be rooted in a ‘raw, emotional and gritty’ reality.
“Ian (Adam Woodyatt) will start to question how well he really knew his daughter, as secrets spill out after her death. One Walford resident in particular will have a very dark secret about what really happened the night Lucy died – and viewers will be left guessing for the rest of the year… What killed Lucy Beale?” – BBC
Lucy is one of the saga’s longest-running characters, with viewers having followed the character from birth on December 9 1993. The original baby Lucy was played by Eva Brittin-Snell between 1993-1996 with Casey Anne Rothery taking the role up until 2004.
Melissa Suffield played Lucy between 2004-2010, with the last few years of her stint seeing more focus on the character with Lucy going through a teenage rebellion phase.
Hetti Bywater took over the role in 2012; a feud with her father’s fiancée Mandy Salter (Nicola Stapleton), struggling after her father disappears as the result of a breakdown and a relationship with Joey Branning (David Witts) among her storylines.
Lucy is Peter’s (Ben Hardy) twin and the half-sister of Steven (Aaron Sidwell), Bobby (Rory Stroud) and Cindy Jnr (Mimi Keene) and her mum is Ian’s first wife Cindy (Michelle Collins). Cindy Snr was killed off in 1998 after Michelle Collins – who played her – refused to film scenes that would see her character stand trial for hiring a hit man to shoot Ian. The character died in prison off-screen. The Beale family are the only remaining original family in Walford since the show launched on February 19 1985.
Dominic Treadwell-Collins previously teased that Ian was to be at the centre of a major new storyline that would “hit around Easter and keep going until the [30th] anniversary.”
EastEnders airs Monday (8.00pm), Tuesday (7.30pm), Thursday (7.30pm) and Friday (8.00pm) on BBC One.