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HORROR in EastEnders as THIS Walford favourite VANISHES into thin air

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There is panic in next week's EastEnders when a Walford favourite goes missing...

Whitney Dean's friends and family start to fear the worst in next week's EastEnders when they discover she has gone missing... but will they work to where she has really gone?

The last EastEnders fans saw of Whitney was on Tuesday night (21st April) when she was held at knifepoint by Leo King's deranged mum, Michaela.

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Last time we saw Whitney, she was being held at knifepoint by Michaela (Picture: BBC)

But with Whitney perviously planning to do a runner from the Square before she had a sudden change of heart, it seems her friends and family start to think she has just fled the Square.

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Whitney's lawyer Gray is alarmed when he realises she is missing, and when Sonia finds a letter from Whitney she reads it and instantly assumes that she has fled Walford.

But EastEnders fans will know that Whitney has actually been accosted by Michaela, and after seeing what Leo and Tony are both capable of when it comes to Whitney, we dread to think what Michaela has planned.

Sonia Fowler reads a letter in EastEnders

Sonia finds a letter from Whitney next weekend assumes she has fled Walford (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)

Meanwhile, back in Walford, Gray is forced to cover Whitney's absence when his boss, Laura, arrives on the Square for a meeting about the upcoming court case.

As things get seriously strained for Gray, he finds the pressure rising, and soon he is taking his stress out on wife Chantelle.

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Will anyone work out what has happened to Whitney before it is too late? (Picture: BBC)

As everyone searches for Whitney, Chantelle tries to be there for Gray, knowing he is struggling with everything going on. But will she end up paying the price for his work stress?

With Whitney looking like she could be in big danger at the hands of Michaela, will anyone be able to work out where she is before something sinister happens?

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
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

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.