EastEnders’ Lee Carter (Danny-Boy Hatchard) will soon battle depression in a new, long running storyline.
We begin to see how depression is affecting Lee when Lady Di disappears from the Queen Vic after a door is left open.
Lee is visibly distraught when he realizes that it’s his fault and frantically searches for her everywhere.
He becomes extremely upset when he cannot find the beloved family pet.
However, Lee is soon relieved when he finally locates Lady Di.
He finally realises that he needs to open up to someone and eventually turns to his girlfriend, Whitney Dean (Shona McGarty).
Danny-Boy Hatchard has revealed that at his characters lowest point, Lee will have thought about taking his own life. Hatchard has also said that this will bring him closer to girlfriend Whitney, while at the same time, deeply affecting the relationship he has with his family.
The research team at EastEnders have worked closely with mental health charity ‘Mind’ to accurately portray depression as a mental illness.
Speaking to the press; Danny stated: “A lot of people are thinking it’s just going to be based around a young man’s depression but depression on the whole affects everyone at some point in their life.”
“This is more appealing to me as an actor as opposed to Post-Traumatic Stress which was the generic idea to go for, so this is a good solid storyline for me to have,” the 23 year old soap star went on to comment.
EastEnders airs these scenes 13th & 14th July on BBC One.