EastEnders star Letitia Dean – I think Ian killed Lucy Beale

The actress also discusses Sharon's marriage to Phil and her anxieties about the upcoming live episodes

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EastEnders actress Letitia Dean has pinned Lucy Beale’s murder on her oldest work colleague. Yes, Walford star Dean – who plays Sharon Mitchell in the BBC1 soap – believes that Ian (played by show stalwart Adam Woodyatt) is responsible for his own daughter’s death.

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“I’ve got a few ideas flying around. For dramatic purposes and shock value, I think Ian,” says the actress. “I thought Jane at one point, but not now. Abi’s another little red herring, I think. To be honest, we’re not privy to what’s going on with all the flashbacks, so I don’t know who’s in and out. It could be anyone – it could be little Denny!”

Dean, who was part of the original line-up of actors at the launch of EastEnders 1985, has seen her character involved in many relationships over the years: Grant Mitchell, Dennis Rickman and Jack Branning to name a few. But one thing the actress is sure of is that Sharon definitely belongs with current husband Phil.

“I think Sharon’s in the right relationship with Phil. I feel very solid within that character relationship and I think we look right together. Sharon and Phil are so 1980s, aren’t they? They’ve still got that 80s vibe. I reckon Sharon could turn the Albert into a gay bar, which I really would love to happen. If we’re lucky enough to still be here in the next 20 years, we might also own a little mobility shop. The possibilities are endless…”

Next week’s episodes of EastEnders will see the BBC1 soap go live to celebrate its 30th anniversary – and to reveal the killer of Lucy Beale. But telly without a safety net must be a daunting prospect, even for an Albert Square veteran like Letitia Dean?

“It’s a gamut of emotions really – excited, little bit anxious…I don’t quite know exactly what I’m doing yet! But I think it’s going all right at the moment. It’s a combination of excitement and a little bit of nerves. I want to know who killed Lucy Beale because it is doing my head in! Everyone keeps asking me. I have no idea!”

You can read executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins’s thoughts about the live episodes here. And see what Letitia Dean’s co-star Adam Woodyatt makes of Ian’s upcoming nuptials here.

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Watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s 30th anniversary episodes of EastEnders below: