EastEnders boss Kate Oates, who moved to the soap last year from Coronation Street, has revealed she is planning to add more LGBTQ characters to the BBC One series.
She’s also confirmed that Albert Square will be getting its first gay bar, something she says is “important” for the show to do.
In a new interview the soap producer has revealed her ideas for a big revamp in Walford.
Speaking to The Sun, Kate confirmed: “I’m really interested in bringing some more LGBTQ characters in. We’re looking at opening a gay bar on the Square which will be a super-cool precinct where gay and straight characters can all just hang out.”
She added: “It should be something really exciting, really fun, really visual and feel really true to multi-cultural London. It’s an important move for the show to authentically reflect modern London life.”
Meanwhile, EastEnders fans have come up with a wild theory that Martin Kemp’s character Steve Owen is back from the dead.
Steve tragically died in a car accident 16 years ago, but some fans are claiming this may no longer be the case, with some even suggesting that the character has returned to the soap as Ray Kelly after getting facial reconstruction surgery.
One fan took to Twitter to share side-by-side pictures of Steve and Ray, played by Sean Mahon, tweeting: “Look at the resemblance!
“Also look at Ray’s nose as well, that’s 100% meant to be a rhinoplasty… and also the fact Ray has a mysterious scar on his leg and how much he dotes over Mel’s son, sorry but I’m convinced!”
To make matters even more confusing, in the trailer for the New Year episode, Steve Owen’s son is heard shouting: “No, no, Dad, please”.
Meanwhile, actress Tamzin Outhwaite has revealed there will be a stunt on the soap, as her character Mel Owen faces a terrifying showdown with husband Ray on New Year’s Day.
EastEnders continues on BBC One.
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