EastEnders fans call for THIS newcomer to get a PERMANENT role - here’s why

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There is a new face in Albert Square and they're causing quite a stir...

EastEnders fans can't get enough of newcomer Frankie Lewis and have decided that they would like her to stay in Walford for good.

Ben Mitchell's new friend, Frankie, has been described as a breath of fresh air by fans, who are loving her new bond with Ben and his boyfriend, Callum.

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EastEnders fans are loving Frankie and her new friendship with Ben and Callum (Picture: BBC)

Fans met Frankie, played by Rose Ayling-Ellis, a few weeks back when Ben spotted her arguing with a doctor in that hospital while he was waiting to have his operation.

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Callum has also formed a special bond with the newcomer over recent weeks, and it seems Frankie's no-nonsense approach to life might be what the pair need as they navigate their way through Ben's struggles with his hearing.

Last night's EastEnders saw Frankie back in Albert Square, and yet again she managed to time her arrival to perfection.

Just as Ben was feeling down in the dumps about lying to Callum about where he was the previous night, Frankie turned up to give him a few home truths.

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Fans have called for more screen time with Frankie (Picture: BBC)

Fans will know that Monday night's episode, that was shown entirely from Ben's point of view, saw Phil's son getting caught up in a warehouse heist that went dramatically wrong.

It turned out that Phil's associate, Danny, had double crossed Mr Mitchell, but thankfully Ben was there to save the day.

But while the father and son duo might have got their hands on a huge amount of cash, police-officer-in-the-making Callum is suspicious about where his other half was the night of the raid.

However, his law-breaking ways aren't the only thing Ben is hiding from Callum, he is now almost completely deaf thanks to Danny firing a gun right next to his good ear... something that Ben and Phil are fighting to keep hidden.

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Frankie has already got the measure of Ben and Callum (Picture: BBC)

As Ben sat in the Prince Albert worrying about his romance with Callum, Frankie gave him a pep talk about how much Callum loves him and encouraged Ben to be himself and not worry about what other people think about him being deaf.

Fans were loving her fresh approach to life and have called for the character to get more screen time...

Despite Frankie giving Ben some wise words, he still later lied to Callum when he found out about the warehouse heist.

Can Frankie get through to Ben and make sure he doesn't throw his romance with Callum away?

EastEnders will temporarily air a reduced schedule of two episodes a week. Watch on Mondays at 8pm and Tuesdays at 7:30pm on BBC One. 

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.