Who killed Lucy Beale? the EastEnders stars name their suspects

Cast including Adam Woodyatt, Laurie Brett, Ben Hardy, Jake Wood and Hetti Bywater share their theories

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It’s the whodunnit that has kept soap fans guessing for the last nine months – who really did murder Lucy Beale? EastEnders is to provide a solution to its long-running murder mystery next week as the BBC1 soap celebrates its 30th anniversary.

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But who does the cast believe killed Lucy? Here, we speak to many of those at the centre of events to get their own personal theories…

ADAM WOODYATT (IAN BEALE)

“I’ve gone full-on Claire Danes from Homeland about this. Over the last eight months, I’ve suspected every member of the cast. We used to sit in the Vic pointing the finger at each other: the Beales were blaming the Brannings and the Brannings were blaming the Beales. Back in the beginning, I thought it was Lauren. Perhaps covering for Abi. But when Jacqueline Jossa [who plays Lauren] got pregnant, all my theories went out the window.”

BEN HARDY (PETER BEALE)

“I know that it’s Abi – it can’t be anyone else. It’s definitely not a Beale. And remember, I have an extra six weeks’ worth of knowledge that the public doesn’t have. All of which informs me that it’s Abi.”

LORNA FITZGERALD (ABI BRANNING)

From day one, I’ve said Ian. That would be the biggest shock. He’d blocked it out, but when the police came to tell him, he cried because he realised he’d actually killed her. So it was guilt, not grief. He’s a criminal mastermind! But just in case it is me, I’ve been practising my guilty face in the mirror.”

HETTI BYWATER (LUCY BEALE)

“I personally want it to be Peter. And I have dreamt that Peter did it – he’d been planning it for months, so it was totally premeditated. It was a really dark side of Peter that we hadn’t seen before. But part of me thinks it would give the public a shock if it turned out that Lucy committed suicide. Who killed Lucy? Lucy!”

SHONA MCGARTY (WHITNEY DEAN)

“I think it’s me. I’ve got a hunch. I got ready for bed in the dark the other night and when I woke up I was in a T-shirt with ‘I Killed Lucy Beale’ written on the front. It’s a definite sign.”

HARRY REID (BEN MITCHELL)

“In my opinion, Jane is massively involved. But I think the wildcard culprit is either Cindy or Bobby – with Jane covering it up. That’s my most out-there theory – other than it being Dot.”

LAURIE BRETT (JANE BEALE)

“Abi. Just from the way she said: “things die”. Or Peter. I have a feeling that it could be one of those two.”

DIANE PARISH (DENISE FOX)

“So much has been kept secret that I’ve totally lost my way. Actually, I think it was Lady Di. A savage, rabid dog. She did it!”

MIMI KEENE (CINDY WILLIAMS)

“At first, I thought it was Peter. And I’m definitely still leaning towards the Beales. It has to have some dark resonance to it, otherwise it would be pointless.”

JAKE WOOD (MAX BRANNING)

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“At one point, I thought it was Abi. Then I convinced myself it was Ian Beale. Then I thought it might be Max. But now I have no idea.”