HUGE autumn storyline for Mick Carter as new character arrives in EastEnders

EastEnders Mick Carter
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A new arrival heading for Walford as actress Simone Lahbib joins the cast...

There is trouble heading for EastEnders this autumn as a new arrival in the Square kickstarts a brand new storyline for Mick Carter.

Actress Simone Lahbib has joined the EastEnders cast as a mysterious new character, and according to show bosses she is going to make a huge impact on the Carter family.

Simone Lahbib joins EastEnders

Simone Lahbib joins EastEnders in a mysterious new role (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC)

Simone has already begun filming in her new role, and will appear on screen for the first time next month.

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A mysterious newcomer 

Bosses are keeping details of Simone's character tightly under wraps for the time being, but she is known to have links to Mick (Danny Dyer).

Simone is already a familiar face to TV fans, having appeared in shows like Bad Girls, Wire in the Blood and Downton Abbey.

The actress is also well-known to many of the EastEnders cast having appeared with Kellie Bright, Linda Henry and Louisa Bradshaw White in Bad Girls.

A Bad Girls reunion

Speaking about her new role, Simone said: "I’m thrilled to be joining EastEnders.

"I can’t say too much about who I am playing just yet, but it’s fair to say that she is set to have a lasting impact on the Carter’s and will test their strength as a family.

Mick and Linda EastEnders

Just when it seemed Mick and Linda had got things back on track, there is a new drama on the cards (Picture: BBC)

"It’s also been lovely to be reunited with Linda, Luisa and Kellie – it’s been a bit of a Bad Girls reunion!"

Executive Producer Jon Sen added: "We’re delighted to welcome Simone to Walford.

"Her character’s links to the Carter family will form part of an important new storyline for Mick in particular.

"It’s a story that we look forward to sharing with the audience - with its impact on the Carters set to be everlasting."

EastEnders airs Mondays at 8.05pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7.35pm and Fridays at 8.30pm on BBC One - see our TV Guide for full listings.

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. 

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