EastEnders RECASTS one of its major young characters

(Image credit: BBC)

And you might just recognise the new star from a storyline last year…

EastEnders have recast the part of Lily Fowler. 

Stacey’s eldest child - a product of her relationship with Whitney Dean’s brother, Ryan Malloy - was previously played by Aine Garvey from 2014 - 2019.

Before that, the character was played by Alfie Duncan, Poppy Crake and Kennady Lacy-Breckenridge as a newborn in 2010.

Lily EastEnders

Old times: Aine Garvey - seen her in the arms of actor James Bye (Martin Fowler)  - at Stacey and Martin's 2016 wedding (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC/Jack Barnes)

But in Tuesday’s episode of EastEnders, the now ten year old schoolgirl looked noticeably different, and with good reason, for she’s now being played by child star Lilliana Turner.

We’re told she’s no relation to her screen mum, Lacey!

The ‘new’ Lily made her debut as Stacey was rowing in the street with Ruby Allen.

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Nightclub owner Ruby, who is currently dating Stacey’s estranged husband Martin, had discovered that it was her former best mate who had stolen her identity and used her bank account details to buy lavish gifts.

As Ruby called Stacey ‘a thieving cow’, Lily emerged from Stacey's nearby parked car, sporting a leather jacket and shades.

Lily EastEnders

The character of Lily is now played by actress Lilliana Turner (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC)

‘Don’t talk to my mum like that!’ she barked at Ruby.

When she was ordered by Stacey to get back in the car, she cheekily sniped: ‘I wanna see this!’ proving she had become quite the chip off the old block.

A familiar face

For actress Lilliana, however, this wasn’t her first appearance on the soap.

Between January and April last year, she played Alyssa, a child on the football team coached by Mick Carter and Mitch Baker. 

Alyssa claimed her grandmother had died, prompting a sympathetic Mick to allow her to play up front - but Mitch believed she was pulling the wool over her pal’s eyes to get special treatment. 

The re-casting of Lily comes as Stacey returns to screens after nearly 14 months away.

The feisty brunette fled Albert Square in August last year after attacking Phil Mitchell with a spanner, when she walked in on him trying to strangle Martin.

The character was written out due to actress Lacey Turner going on maternity leave with her first child. 

Stacey is back in EastEnders

Stacey is back in the Square (Picture: BBC)

Turner and husband Matt Kay went on to welcome a daughter, whom they named Dusty, and the now one year old tot is set to have a brother or sister, as Turner revealed this week that she is 16 weeks pregnant with baby number two. 

Speaking to OK! Magazine, the 32 year old, who suffered two miscarriages before conceiving Dusty, revealed: "After last time, we learned the best way was to have the attitude of 'If it happens, it happens' – and then it did! 

"It was a lovely surprise. It took so long with Dusty, but now they're coming along like buses!”

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.

Alison Slade
Soaps Editor
Alison Slade has over 20 years of experience as a TV journalist and has spent the vast majority of that time as Soap Editor of TV Times magazine.  She is passionate about the ability of soaps to change the world by presenting important, issue-based stories about real people in a relatable way. There are few soap actors that she hasn’t interviewed over the years, and her expertise in the genre means she has been called upon as a judge numerous times for The British Soap Awards and the BAFTA TV Awards.

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