There looks to be light at the end of a dark tunnel for EastEnders’ Lee Carter, with his struggle with depression set to take a positive turn in the New Year.
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Actor Danny-Boy Hatchard, who plays Lee, has revealed that Dean Wicks’ demise will prove to be a turning point for his character.
Fans know that Shirley Carter (Linda Henry) will disown Dean after finally realising that he did rape Linda (Kellie Bright), and he will seek his revenge on New Year’s Day, as Linda prepares to marry Dean's brother Mick (Danny Dyer).
There’s set to be a showdown involving Mick, Shirley and Dean, and while the fate of evil Dean is unknown, actor Matt Di Angelo has confirmed his departure from the soap.
And with his mother's rapist no longer around, Danny-Boy claims that Lee will begin to feel better.
"When he sees them struggle he feels it just as much as they do. When that whole big dilemma comes to an end it will be a big relief for him and it will contribute to his progression to hopefully the end of his depression."
Danny-Boy previously opened up about the challenges of playing out the storyline in an interview with HuffPost UK last month.
“As an actor you get excited that you’re going to be able to stick your teeth into something, but then it dawns on you that it’s a big responsibility and there’s a lot of people who are going to latch onto a storyline like this,” he said.
“You have to deliver the truth as best you can especially with a subject such as this one.
“So many people now watch someone at some point in their lives suffer from depression. It’s got to reach everyone and they have to be able to relate to Lee.”
‘EastEnders’ airs Mick and Linda’s wedding on New Year’s Day at 6.30pm and 8pm on BBC One.
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