Troubled young Bobby Beale is coming back to EastEnders this week, after an absence owing to his incarceration.
In one of the greatest twists in EastEnders history, Bobby was revealed to be the killer of his own sister Lucy Beale (Hetti Bywater).
Now, after having served his time, Bobby is coming back to Walford, and with a new face to boot…
Who is EastEnders’ new Bobby Beale actor Clay Milner Russell?
Clay Milner Russell is making his TV debut with this appearance on EastEnders, and will also soon be appearing in County Lines, which is currently in post-production.
EastEnders executive producer Jon Sen has said: ‘Clay is an exciting new talent that injects a new energy into a fascinating character.’
‘We can’t wait for the audience to see the impact Bobby’s arrival will have on the Square.’
Bobby Beale, who has been previously played by a grand total of four actors so far, is returning to the soap this week and will be played by Clay.
Eliot Carrington’s version of Bobby, Ian Beale’s youngest son, is arguably the face most associate with the character, as it was Eliot who played the child when he almost bludgeoned his step-mum Jane (Laurie Brett) to death with a hockey stick.
His rendition of the troubled child was also circa the ‘Who Killed Lucy Beale?’ storyline, which had audiences gripped for a whole year.
At the time, Bobby was convinced by Jane that he wasn’t to blame for his sister’s death, but it transpired that the blow he landed on her head with a jewellery box was fatal.
When Bobby finally came to realise that Lucy’s death was at his hands, he confessed, and was eventually incarcerated for his crimes.
Kevin Curran, Alex Frances and Rory Stroud have all also played Bobby when the character was younger.
EastEnders airs Mondays and Fridays on BBC One at 8pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.30pm.
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