Actor John Partridge is to return to EastEnders for the first time since November 2012. In upcoming scenes to be shown this May, his character Christian Clarke will return to Walford in order to attend the funeral of Lucy Beale and to be of support to his sister Jane (Laurie Brett). Christian was last seen departing Walford a year and a half ago with partner Syed (Marc Elliott).
Filming took place yesterday for the scenes which will see friends and family members such as Ian (Adam Woodyatt) and Peter Beale (Ben Hardy) say their goodbyes. Lucy is set to be killed off during Good Friday's episode, sparking a whodunnit mystery that is set to continue for the remainder of 2014.
Speaking about Lucy's demise, actress Hetti Bywater said: "It's going to be a great story for the Beales and start a new dark chapter for them. That's what the focus is going to be on - it's not going to be so much about the death, it's going to be about afterwards. All the implications of it and everyone's journey."