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EastEnders character to be sensationally killed off in spring

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EastEnders is preparing to kill off one of its long-running characters.

The Queen Vic in EastEnders

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Lucy Beale will bow out of the BBC soap in spring, spelling the start of a dark new chapter for the Beale family.

Executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins previously hinted that a story to "shock and hopefully make the nation weep" would arrive around Easter time and continue up to the 30-year anniversary in February 2015.

"It will give Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale), who's a brilliant actor and a lovely man, a big chance to shine," he added.

Hetti Bywater as Lucy Beale in EastEnders

© BBC


Lucy has appeared on and off of the Square since December 1993 and has been portrayed by several actresses, notably Melissa Suffield between 2004 and 2010, and Hetti Bywater from 2012 to present.

The storyline has been plotted so that it isn't a typical "whodunnit", as only a handful of people know what truly resulted in Lucy's demise.

A show statement teased: "No one knows exactly what happened to Lucy on the night she died, except very few people - even the person responsible for her death.

"Ian will start to question how well he really knew his daughter, as secrets spill out after her death. But one Walford resident has 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?"

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