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EastEnders star Ricky Champ admits a Walford favourite could DIE at Christmas

Eastenders - Stuart Highway played by Ricky Champ
(Image credit: BBC / Kieron McCarron)

Will someone meet a grisly end during Mick and Stuart's final showdown?

EastEnders's Ricky Champ has revealed there's a possibility that someone could die this Christmas when his character comes face-to-face with Mick Carter once again.

Soap fans will know that Mick is currently in jail after being framed by Stuart for his attempted murder - and while it seems Mick could be out of prison in time for the festive celebrations, it doesn't look like it'll be a happy Christmas for the Carters.

EastEnders Stuart Linda Carter

Stuart's been tormenting the Carters for months - and things are about to get even worse

Ricky, who is better known to soap fans as Walford's evil Stuart Highway, has hinted that the Mick Vs Stuart storyline is far from over, with plenty of dramatic twists and turns that will leave fans stunned over the Christmas period.

If shooting himself and then framing Mick wasn't enough, Ricky has revealed that Stuart's next target is stealing the one thing from him that would shatter his life beyond recognition... his beloved wife, Linda.

Zara and Halfway wait for Stuart Highway to wake up

Stuart framed Mick for his attempted murder

During a chat with Daily Star Sunday, the actor admitted: "Stuart told Mick he's going to take everything from him, including his wife!

"Until that happens he won't be done. Christmas is big. There's all this stuff with Linda and something may happen to Stuart but I don't want to ruin it. It's certainly going to be a bit of a rollercoaster.

"Mick's retribution? You're going to have to wait and see for his revenge."

EastEnders Linda Carter Mick Carter

Stuart has already caused trouble in Mick and Linda's marriage

When asked if someone could die, the actor didn't rule the possibility out... "Maybe. You'll have to tune in to find out."

Talking about being one of soapland's most hated characters, Ricky admitted that he takes people hurling abuse at him in the street as a compliment!

"I like playing bad characters. Generally I've gravitated towards villains but have also played wholesome dads.

"A lot of people hated me at first, then they liked me, and now they love to hate me. I'm giving people a bit of whiplash, but obviously in real life I'm an absolute sweetheart!"

EastEnders airs Monday and Friday at 8pm and Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm on BBC1.