Who is Ricky Jr in EastEnders? Everything you need to know

Ricky Mitchell talks to Jack in EastEnders
Ricky is at the centre of a huge storyline in EastEnders at the moment. (Image credit: BBC)

*Warning — spoilers ahead for Wednesday, January 4 episode of EastEnders, which is now available on iPlayer*

Ricky Mitchell is in the middle of a huge EastEnders storyline after it was revealed that he is the father of Lily Slater's baby. The pair are about to find themselves at the centre of a Walford storm when the truth is exposed because this is no normal soap pregnancy storyline due to the fact the parents are both just 12 years old. 

The plot twist came as a shock at New Year when the Slater family ended up in hospital following a carbon monoxide leak at their home. But while everyone was thankfully okay, doctors discovered Lily was pregnant after doing a routine ultrasound and an investigation into what happened was launched. 

Eventually, Stacey managed to coax out of her daughter who the father was, fearing that Lily might have been groomed. But soon Lily admitted the father of her baby was Ricky Mitchell... aka Ricky Jr. 

But who is Walford's Ricky Jr and who plays him? Here is everything you need to know about the character... 

Stacey Slater bends over to kiss daughter Lily in a hospital bed

It was revealed at New year that 12-year-old Lily is pregnant.  (Image credit: BBC)

Who is Ricky Jr in EastEnders?

Richard ‘Ricky’ Mitchell is Sam Mitchell (Kim Medcalf) and Jack Branning's (Scott Maslen) son. He was born back in 2010 when Sam was in a relationship with Ricky Butcher, but secretly having an affair with Jack. 

Sam has never been a good mum to Ricky, almost giving him up for adoption at birth and only keeping him because her mum, Peggy Mitchell, persuaded her to. 

When Ricky Jr was a baby, Sam went to live with her older brother Grant in Portugal and changed Ricky’s name back to Mitchell, however, when she returned to the Square for Peggy's funeral in 2016 she decided that she couldn't face being a mum any longer and left Ricky in Walford with Jack, who has been raising him ever since. 

Ricky now lives with Jack, his step-mum Denise, and his half-sister Amy Mitchell. Sam returned to Walford earlier this year, and since then the estranged mother and son have slowly formed a relationship, however, things are still strained between them thanks to Sam's lack of warmth and commitment towards her boy. 

Although Ricky's full name is Ricky Mitchell, he is also known as Ricky Jr... a name that people on the Square have given him to avoid confusion after Ricky Butcher, played by Sid Owen, returned to Walford at the end of 2022. 

Ricky Mitchell talks to Sam in EastEnders

Ricky was reunited with his mum, Sam, last year.  (Image credit: BBC)

How old is Ricky Jr in EastEnders?

Ricky was born on September 1 2010, making him just 12 years old. 

He currently goes to school with Lily, and the pair are friends with other Walford pre-teens such as Davinder 'Nugget' Gulati, Amy Mitchell and Denzel Danes. 

Ricky Mitchell talks to Jack in EastEnders

Ricky has a good relationship with dad, Jack.  (Image credit: BBC)

Who plays Ricky Jr in EastEnders?

Ricky Jr is currently played by Frankie Day, after the young actor took over from Henri Charles in August 2018.

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. 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.