It has been revealed that EastEnders is to recast the role of Mick and Linda Carter’s younger son Johnny.
RadioTime.com has revealed the news that Johnny will be recast later in the year with a new face.
The character of Johnny has not been seen on screen since December 2014 when he departed to go travelling overseas with boyfriend Gianluca, but will they still be together when he returns?
The casting process is currently under way with bosses still looking for the ‘ideal Johnny’, who will soon become involved in some big stories.
An EastEnders spokesperson explained: “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.”
Our source added: “The Carter family quickly became one of EastEnders’s 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. Whoever gets the job will be landing themselves a dream role.”
Actor Sam Strike, who originally played the role, left after memorable scenes saw the character come out to dad Mick (Danny Dyer).
Since leaving EastEnders, Strike has taken on a guest role in BBC crime drama Silent Witness and will next be seen in Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface.
EastEnders airs weeknights on BBC One.