Kellie Bright has denied that there will be any romance between her EastEnders character Linda Carter and Shane Ritchie's Alfie Moon – but says that the pair are "kindred spirits".


Linda and Alfie have become close friends in recent months, leading some fans to speculate that they could eventually become romantically involved – but Bright has revealed this is not on the cards.

"I think it's really nice to have men and women friendships in a show like ours," she told press via Digital Spy.

"Those dynamics usually lead to something else, and actually, I think it is really strong and important to see a platonic relationship between a man and a woman.

She added: "Weirdly, they did have a bit of a kindred spirit thing going on because of his loss of Kat to Phil and her loss of Mick to Janine. They could really connect over that. I think their friendship's great, so I would like it to continue."

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Bright made the comments while addressing a storyline that will see the pair's friendship tested by the reappearance of her mother Elaine (Harriet Thorpe) who recently returned to the soap as the Queen Vic's new landlord.

Harriet Thorpe as Elaine Peacock in EastEnders.
Harriet Thorpe as Elaine Peacock in EastEnders. BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron

Elaine gets off on the wrong foot with Alfie and wants to get rid of him from the pub, which leads to some worrisome moments for Linda.

Bright explained: "Linda's gutted really because Alfie's been so good to her, and she's just lost Sharon, so the last thing she wants is to lose her other really good mate.

"She's terrified Alfie is not going to want to be her friend either," she continued. "Elaine is being very naughty because she's really got her own reasons for wanting Alfie gone."

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