EastEnders bad boy Derek Branning will be killed off in a future storyline, it has been confirmed.

There has been speculation over the character’s departure for some weeks but official pictures from the character’s funeral have been released today by various outlets.  Derek, played by Jamie Foreman, is expected to be killed off over the festive period but bosses are keeping the exact details surrounding the villainous character’s departure under wraps.

The character of Derek first appeared in the soap in 1996, then played by Terence Beesley, he was seen opposing his sister April’s wedding to a Greek man Nikos, as well as being racially abusive towards Carol’s then partner Alan Jackson. He returned last year played by Foreman and has since wasted no time in making enemies around the Square.

Derek’s brother Max is currently the bookies’ favourite to kill him.

Watch a clip of Derek’s arrival in the soap below:


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