Is Bobby Brazier leaving EastEnders? Everything you need to know

Freddie Slater is feeling guilty
Is Bobby Brazier leaving EastEnders? (Image credit: BBC)

EastEnders star Bobby Brazier has become a huge fan-favourite playing cheeky teen Freddie Slater, who is the son of Little Mo Slater (Kacey Ainsworth).

The soap star showed off his fancy footwork in Strictly Come Dancing 2023, but his character Freddie was having far from a good time after he unleashed a ferocious attack on Stacey Slater's (Lacey Turner) stalker Theo Hawthorne (William Ellis).

Since his explosive arrival, Freddie has settled into his new life with the Slater clan and has been thrown into the heart of the Walford drama.

Freddie was left devastated after he discovered that his biological dad Graham Foster (Alex McSweeney) raped his mum and was terrified that people believed he would turn out to be a monster like his father. However, this couldn't be further from the truth.

Freddie saved Stacey from terrifying stalker Theo after he walked in on the twisted teacher trying to rape her.

Desperate to protect her, Freddie attacked Theo in a fit of rage with an iron, leaving him in a pool of blood and possibly dead.

If Theo doesn't survive the attack, it's possible that Freddie may go to prison for murder, leaving his future in the Square uncertain.

So is Bobby Brazier leaving EastEnders?

Freddie Slater confronts his teacher Mr Hawthorne

Freddie pummelled his former teacher Theo Hawthorne after he tried to attack Stacey Slater. (Image credit: BBC)

Is Bobby Brazier leaving EastEnders?

Bobby is currently on a short break from EastEnders as he took time out of his busy filming schedule to compete in Strictly Come Dancing where he reached the finals.

He told heat that he would be returning to the soap after the Strictly tour but wasn't sure when.

He said: "I'm going back. I don't know when or how but I am going back after the Strictly tour.

"I miss everyone and I miss acting. Every so often, a dance will feel like a scene — like when I was being Patrick Swayze [in Movies Week] — and it feels like I'm stepping into a role, which makes me miss work."

Following the attack, Eve Unwin (Heather Peace) walked in on the crime scene and attempted to make it look like Freddie acted in self defence by fabricating evidence.

However, Freddie was arrested by the police for attempted murder and was taken away in a police car. 

To the relief of the Slaters, Freddie was released on bail and his final scene saw him drive off in the back of a taxi to go and stay with his mum. 

Bobby recently won the award for Rising Star at The National Television Awards 2023 and reached the finals of Strictly Come Dancing to top off his already successful year.

EastEnders airs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm on BBC One — see our TV Guide for full listings. You can also catch up on episodes on BBC iPlayer now. 

Grace Morris
Staff Writer

Grace was a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, and she now writes for our sister site TechRadar. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film and TV grow stronger.

You'll usually find her watching the drama unfold in the latest reality series or much-loved UK soaps (usually with chocolate by her side!). She's an expert in EastEnders, Emmerdale, Coronation Street and everything reality-related from Selling Sunset and Married At First Sight UK to 90 Day Fiancé UK. Plus Netflix megahit Virgin River!

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