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EastEnders star Luisa Bradshaw-White on Tina's TRAGIC death: 'I'm happy she can't come back!'

Gray murders Tina EastEnders
Gray murders Tina EastEnders

EastEnders favourite Tina became Gray's next victim tonight...

EastEnders fans have been left stunned after tonight's episode saw Gray Atkins brutally murder Tina Carter after she worked out the truth about Chantelle's death.

The shocking twist was on the cards after Boxing Day's episode ended with Tina confronting Gray (Toby Alexander Smith) about why Chantelle (Jessica Plummer) was going to leave him before she died.

Gray murders Tina EastEnders

Gray was fuming when Tina worked out he'd killed his own wife (Picture: BBC)

As Tina confronted Gray, his true colours were revealed once again - and it was only a matter of time before Tina met a tragic end like Chantelle.

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Gray gets away with murder... again

However, in a sad twist the police think that Tina, who is on bail for attacking Ian Beale before Christmas, is simply on the run from the crimes Gray has framed her for.

Gray murders Tina EastEnders

Tina found herself trapped in Gray's house of horrors (Picture: BBC)

Little do the police or Tina's family know, Gray has wrapped her body in a shower curtain and stuffed her into the boot of his car, before dumping her goodness knows where.

Luisa Bradshaw-White reveals all on her exit

But while fans are still struggling to come to terms with Tina's demise, EastEnders star Luisa Bradshaw-White, who has played the tragic character for seven years, has spoken out about her departure...

"Tina is a character I have invested a lot in and a character that I really love, so to see that end is quite sad.

Gray murders Tina EastEnders

Tina's days were numbered when she failed to get away from him (Picture: BBC)

"It’s weird filming a character dying, a character that you love. But actually the shooting of it I enjoyed.

"We had really good fun, I thoroughly enjoyed playing dead as well," she laughs.

No going back...

But how does Luisa feel about the door being firmly shut now that Tina is dead?

"It felt like the end of an era, so it was sad in some ways, but really exciting in other ways.

Gray murders Tina EastEnders

Gray killed Tina in cold blood and then wrapped her in a shower curtain (Picture: BBC)

"I’m happy with the fact that she can’t come back, so it’s a proper shut door. The final nature of it I needed.

"It’s an exciting storyline to get as an actor, so it was nice to play the drama of it all. But I'm really excited for the next stage."

Gray murders Tina EastEnders

Mick almost caught Gray stuffing Tina into the boot of his car (Picture: BBC)

But, of course, Luisa isn't leaving without taking something to remind her of her character... and with a wardrobe like Tina's there's certainly plenty of iconic items to choose from.

So what did Luisa take as her lasting token of Tina? "I took her tiger trainers - that’s all!"

For New year week EastEnders will air on Monday 28th at 8.35, Tuesday 29th at 7.30 and New Year’s Eve at 7.30. There will be an hour long episode at 8pm on New Year’s Day on BBC1. 

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

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

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