EastEnders: sparks fly between Jay and newcomer Linzi – is this the start of a new romance?

Actress Amy-Leigh Hickman makes her debut next week

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Actress Amy-Leigh Hickman has joined EastEnders to play Linzi Bragg, a Walford newcomer set to put a smile on the face of Jay Brown (Jamie Borthwick).

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Hickman – best known to CBBC viewers as Carmen from hit drama The Dumping Ground – will debut on the BBC1 soap next week when Linzi bumps into Jay at the cafe.

Pretty soon, romance is blossoming for the pair when she agrees to go on a date with him. But after Jay fails to book a table for a pre-Valentine’s meal, he ends up transforming the Arches instead.

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As for how things go between Linzi and Jay, a show insider told RadioTimes.com: “As soon as they see each other, there’s clearly a spark between them. They get on really well.

“But viewers will have to wait and see whether or not this is the start of a new romance for Jay …”

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

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