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SQUARE UP Johnny Carter’s EastEnders return revealed as he attacks mum Linda’s rapist Dean Wicks

LINDA Carter has been struggling to cope with Dean Wicks back in Walford – but she gets another ally against him next week.

The EastEnders icon welcomes back her son Johnny Carter to the Square and he’s soon involved in a brutal brawl with the rapist.

Johnny Carter returns to the Square

Six years have gone by since Johnny Carter last saw his family in Albert Square as he decided to head to Manchester for a new legal career in January, 2018.But during his time away, his mother Linda (played by Kellie Bright) was left to struggle as she is the only member of her large family in the fictional London borough following the departures of all her children, her mother-in-law Shirley and the disappearance of her beloved husband Mick Carter.

To make matters worse, Linda has recently had to face the comeback of her rapist, Dean Wicks (Matt Di Angelo).And after facing adversity, her son Johnny finally takes matters into his own hands as he comes back to Walford with a vengeance.

Coming up on BBC One, and as announced by soap bosses in December, 2023, actor Charlie Suff reprises the role of Johnny Carter from Ted Reilly.Everything kicks off when, upon his arrival, Johnny helps a drunk Linda up and is horrified by the state of her.

Back at The Vic, he quizzes the family to find out why she’s got so bad, and Elaine Peacock (Harriet Thorpe) reveals Dean is back.

Johnny rushes to confront Dean and is spotted by Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden), who follows him into Beale’s Eels.

Ben has to drag Johnny away from Dean, and, with Callum Highway (Tony Clay) they talk over a drink.Later, at closing time, Johnny punches Dean and warns him to leave Linda alone.

In other scenes, Johnny is determined to stop Linda from drinking by not letting her out of his sight, but it soon becomes too much for her.After secretly boozing, Linda makes a show of herself by dropping Gina Knight’s (Francesca Henry) birthday cake in front of everyone in The Vic.

Could it backfire on him?

Johnny, who has found out Gina dated Dean, lashes out at her for laughing.

Ben and Callum are concerned by Johnny’s angry behaviour, and the former promises to help Johnny get rid of Dean.While underhanded tactics may be expected, Ben assures his husband Callum it’ll all be legal and above board – will he keep his word?

Later on, Johnny has decided to launch a civil case against Dean until Callum tells him about Linda’s “confession.”Regular viewers of the London-based program will remember that, in order to help George Knight avoid legal repercussions for attacking Dean, Linda has had to lie and tell her attacker that she had been lying about her rape while he recorded her.

Johnny and Gina decide to work together to get the recording from Dean and wipe it.When Gina comes up with a plan, Dean is initially sceptical due to her punching him during their last date but then goes out with her.

Unfortunately, things don’t go according to plan and things go from bad to worse for Linda.During an argument between Dean and Johnny, a glass gets smashed, and Linda cuts her hand.Johnny can’t believe it as Linda goes completely ballistic and shocks everyone.

What will he do?

Johnny sees red and attacks Dean

EastEnders will air a dramatic return for Johnny Carter next week as he makes two huge discoveries. Charlie Suff has taken over the role of Linda Carter’s son Johnny, who will head back to the Square on Monday, February 12.Johnny is initially horrified by the drunken state of his mum following her alcohol addiction relapse. He quizzes the family to find out why she’s got so bad, and Elaine Peacock (Harriet Thorpe) explains that Dean Wicks is back.

Furious, Johnny rushes to confront Dean (Matt Di Angelo) and is spotted by Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden), who follows him into Beale’s Eels. As some viewers of the BBC One soap will recall, Ben and Johnny enjoyed a one night stand in 2017.After making his way to the pie and mash shop, Ben has to drag Johnny away from Dean, and they meet with Callum Highway (Tony Clay) for a drink afterwards. At closing time, Johnny punches Dean and warns him to leave Linda alone.

Johnny is determined to stop Linda from drinking by not letting her out of his sight, but she struggles to cope with this. After secretly drinking, Linda makes a show of herself by dropping Gina’s birthday cake in front of everyone in The Vic.

Johnny, who is already cross after finding out that Gina Knight (Francesca Henry) briefly dated Dean, lashes out at her for laughing. Ben and Callum grow concerned by Johnny’s angry behaviour throughout the week, and Ben wants to help.He promises Johnny that he’ll help get rid of Dean, but assures a worried Callum it’ll all be legal and above board. Johnny decides to launch a civil case against Dean, until Callum tells him that Linda was recorded ‘confirming’ Dean didn’t rape her.

On the back of this, Johnny teams up with Gina in order to retrieve the recording from Dean and wipe it. A sceptical Dean agrees to go out with Gina but ends up rumbling their plan.When Linda realises what’s going on, she forces herself to go into the café to speak to Johnny, even though she’s horrified about the idea of being near Keanu’s body. During an argument between Dean and Johnny, a glass gets smashed, and Linda cuts her hand.

Things quickly get out of hand when Linda goes ballistic and shocks everyone with her reaction. Johnny is unnerved by her reaction and becomes determined to discover what is really going on with her.

Linda’s family are unware that she has turned to alcohol again as she struggles to come to terms with killing Keanu Taylor (Danny Taylor) on Christmas Day. The pub landlady stabbed him in the back as he tried to strangle Sharon Watts (Letitia Dean) to death before burying him in the café.

Linda’s mental health recently took another battering when Ricky Butcher (Sid Owen) sent her a photo of Mick Carter’s (Danny Dyer) baby son who he shares with Janine Butcher (Charlie Brooks).

When did Johnny Carter leave EastEnders?

Johnny, who Linda likes to call “sausage,” was last seen in Albert Square back in January 2018. He waved Walford goodbye as he travelled up North to live in Manchester and work as a lawyer.

But as his mum Linda (Kellie Bright) struggles with the disappearance of his dad Mick (Danny Dyer) and the return of her rapist Dean Wicks (Matt di Angelo), Johnny’s comeback couldn’t come at a better time. Actor Charlie Suff is not playing the role Johnny, but some TV fans may recognisable for his role as Tommy Wilson in Grantchester.

Actor Charlie Suff now plays Johnny Carter on EastEnders
Actor Charlie Suff now plays Johnny Carter on EastEnders (Image: BBC/Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron)

Speaking about joining the BBC One soap, Charlie said: “I’m so delighted to be joining such an iconic programme – EastEnders was always on at my house when I was growing up. “”Johnny is a complex character who has been through so much, which I can’t wait to explore. I’ve found EastEnders to be the most kind and loving space to work in, and I already feel like one of the family.”

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