Arthur Simpson-Kent, the partner of EastEnders actress Sian Blake, has admitted killing her and their two children, his lawyer has said.
The 48-year-old appeared before before Mr Justice Singh at the Old Bailey on Friday, where he was accused of killing Blake, 43, and their sons sons Zachary, eight, and Amon, four.
He did not enter a plea but his lawyer told the court that the jury at his trial would be told he admitted the killings.
The three victims went missing on 13 December before their bodies were found buried in the garden of their home in Erith, in south east London, on 5 January.
Simpson-Kent was arrested at Heathrow Airport in February after agreeing to be extradited from Ghana, where he had fled.
His trial is due to take place in October.
Ms Blake played the character of Frankie Pierre in 56 episodes of EastEnders in 1996 and 1997.
She had motor neurone disease before she died.