Grieving Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) is to find an unlikely source of comfort in archenemy Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) following the death of daughter Lucy.
In the episode to be screened on Friday 25 April, Sharon will be seen insisting that she and Phil go and pay their condolences to Ian, despite the two men's long-held hatred of each other. However, when Sharon finds herself lost for words, Ian finds that a compassionate Phil is able to provide some solace.
"Grief changes people and what happens with Lucy will alter Ian and Phil's relationship," says executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins. "These two are the biggest enemies in the world, but Phil will hug a distraught Ian Beale and will then to start to cry himself."
On filming the scene in question, Adam Woodyatt adds: "I didn't realise Steve [McFadden] was crying until we'd actually said 'cut'. There was a lot of tears and snot and it was very messy. Working with Steve is always brilliant and this moment does bring a new dimension to Ian and Phil. I don't think they're going to be bosom buddies, but there's a bit of understanding there as parents."