Which EastEnders character is playing Santa Claus?

Yes - it's curmudgeonly Stan Carter who's ho-ho-ho-ing his way through Christmas 2014 in the Queen Vic

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He might not be the most avuncular Father Christmas of all time, but that doesn’t stop Stan Carter (Timothy West) from donning a Santa suit in the Queen Vic pub’s Christmas grotto.

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Scenes to be shown next month will see Stan, Shirley (Linda Henry) and Johnny (Sam Strike) persuaded to get festive at the famous Walford boozer. And Phil (Steve McFadden) certainly seems amused to see Shirley dressed as an elf!

But the occasion proves to be a bittersweet one for Stan, who gets upset at the realisation that this is to be his last Christmas thanks to his diagnosis of prorate cancer. Deciding to make the most of life, he makes amends with Cora (Ann Mitchell) and they decide to continue their relationship…

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You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below: