Shabnam Masood (Rakhee Thakrar) is to let slip a big guilty secret that she has been keeping from friends and family.
Scenes to be shown next week will see the character reveal all to Stacey (Lacey Turner) after she ends up alienating her nearest and dearest.
At the beginning of the week, Shabnam finds herself at odds with Masood after he discovers that she has kept quiet about some money that she’s inherited. But when Shabnam tries to tell market stall-holder Kush that she has done something terrible, the romantic tension between the pair bubbles over and they have a night of passion.
The next day, Shabnam prays for forgiveness after becoming wracked with guilt. But after realising that she needs the support of her friends, Shabanm ends up sitting down with Stacey and revealing the secret that has haunted her for years.
And, pretty soon, Stacey is finding herself floored by her friend’s revelations…
Speaking recently about the plot twist, actress Rakhee Thakrar said: “Shabnam’s secret is life and death. Since she came back home, Shabnam has become really good at hiding things, because she knows everything would come apart if it ever got out.”
Of the reaction that her co-stars gave her when they discovered the truth, Thakrar added to Inside Soap: “Lots of people who work on EastEnders were shocked when they discovered Shabnam’s secret, so I hope it has the same effect on the viewers.”
Watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below: