Sam Strike as Johnny Carter
EastEnders is to recast Mick and Linda’s son Johnny Carter.
An EastEnders spokesperson confirmed the news exclusively to Radio Times tonight, saying: “There are so many more stories that we wanted to tell with Johnny, so we felt that the time was right to unite the Carter family again.”
Another source told RadioTimes: “The Carter family quickly became one of EastEnders’s most iconic families and there are lots of stories planned for them, but it felt it would be a shame if those stories had to be told without Johnny’s involvement. Whoever gets the job will be landing themselves a dream role.”
EastEnders Spy understands the casting process is already underway.
Johnny was last seen in Walford in December 2014, played by Sam Strike, when he left to go travelling with his boyfriend Gianluca.
Strike received high praise for his role and, in particular, Johnny’s coming-out scene to father Mick Carter (Danny Dyer).
In reality, Strike left to to try out new roles, saying: “I wanted to do acting as a career because you’re constantly playing different people and that’s what interests me. On EastEnders, you’re playing a character more than you are yourself. You spend more time in your character’s skin than in your own, so there was that aspect of it.”
The actor also revealed he didn’t feel that, at the time, Johnny was needed in the show: “I also didn’t really feel like at the time my character was necessarily needed in EastEnders. When I was in talks about leaving, I spoke to the people that I’d been working with the most – including Dom the executive producer and the Carters. I said to them that if there was anything they really wanted me to do we’d do that, as I didn’t want to leave people high and dry.
More to follow.