07/02/2016 03:54 GMT | Updated 07/02/2016 03:59 GMT

'EastEnders' Spoiler: Johnny Carter To Be Recast Ahead Of Character's 2016 Return

‘EastEnders’ bosses have confirmed that they’re set to recast the role of Johnny Carter, ahead of the character’s return to Albert Square.

Johnny, who was previously played by Sam Strike, was last seen in Walford in 2014, but he’ll be back later this year - with a new face.

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Sam joined the cast in 2013

A spokesperson for the soap tells the Radio Times: “There are so many more stories that we wanted to tell with Johnny, so we felt that the time was right to unite the Carter family again.”

"The Carter family quickly became one of EastEnders' most iconic families and there are lots of stories planned for them, but it felt it would be a shame if those stories had to be told without Johnny's involvement,” a source adds. “Whoever gets the job will be landing themselves a dream role."

There’s no word yet on exactly when Johnny will be back in Walford, but viewers can expect to see the new actor on screen this year.

‘EastEnders’ is no stranger to a recast, and Jordan Johnson was the most recent character to return looking a whole lot different to before.

Louise Mitchell was also recently recast, while James Bye took over the role of Martin Fowler in 2014.

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