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EastEnders fans STUNNED after seeing Phil Mitchell as you've never seen him before

Phil Mitchell EastEnders BBC
Phil Mitchell EastEnders BBC

Tonight's EastEnders showed Phil Mitchell in a totally different light after years of him being the dark and brooding menace of Walford...

EastEnders fans have been left stunned after spotting Phil Mitchell showing his emotional side when he came face-to-face with his son, Raymond.

Fans of EastEnders will know that rarely do we get to see Phil (Steve McFadden) looking anything but menacing.

Denise Fox EastEnders

Denise finally came clean to Jack about Raymond tonight (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC)

However, tonight's episode saw the Walford hard man work out that the orphaned three-year-old whose family were caught up in the car crash Callum attended to at work, was none other than the baby he shares with Denise.

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Denise's heartache

When she discovered that she was expecting Phil's baby after a one night stand, Denise made the agonising decision to put him up for adoption straight after the birth.

However, this week has seen Denise reconnect with the boy she gave up after his entire family was killed in a car crash.

Jack Branning EastEnders

Jack supported Denise as she spoke about her son (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC)

But as much as she has fallen in love with her son after seeing him again, the fact that Phil is his father is stopping her from confessing to his adoptive grandmother who she really is.

Denise comes clean 

Tonight's episode saw Jack Branning convinced that Denise was having an affair after all her sneaking around to see Raymond at the hospital.

But when she finally came clean about where she's really been, Jack seemed to support Denise in her moment of need.

Phil Mitchell and Raymond EastEnders

Denise has reconnected with her son after he was left orphaned when his adoptive family died in a car crash (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC)

However, while she confessed that she was protecting Raymond by not letting Phil back into his life, little did she realise Phil had worked out that the orphaned child was his son.

Phil works out the truth 

Denise was oblivious to the fact Phil had headed straight to the hospital and had tracked down Raymond's room.

Phil Mitchell EastEnders

Fans were stunned to see Phil crying tonight... a rare sight in Walford! (Picture: BBC)

As he saw his son for the first time, Phil was overcome with emotion and fans couldn't get over the fact Phil was revealing his softer side for once...

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But with Phil crying at the sight of his son, could this mean he is going to try and get Raymond back in his life?

And where does that leave Denise?

It seems things are about to get very messy...

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. 

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 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.